The collection comprises of commercial letters, general correspondence, ships logs and other ephemera relating to the expedition.
Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922
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- ReferenceGB 15 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922
- Dates of Creation1919-1923
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (322 leaves) Papers (321 leaves and 5 volumes) ships Logs (2 volumes)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) was to sail along previously unvisited stretches of the Antarctic continent. Quest arrived in South Georgia in January 1922 where Shackleton died on 5 January. The expedition continued under John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild's command visiting the South Shetland Islands, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. The expedition proved the non-existence of New South Greenland. Shackleton was buried in the whalers' graveyard at Grytviken, South Georgia.
Expedition personnel, Sir Ernest Shackleton, John Robert Francis Wild, Frank Worsley, James McIlroy, Leonard Hussey, Alexander Kerr, Douglas Jeffrey, Alexander Hepburne Macklin, George Wilkins, G. Douglad, C.E. Smith, Charles Carr, James Dell, Harold Watts, Thomas Mcleod, Charles Green, James Marr, G.H. Ross, S.S. Young, H.J. Argyles, Christopher Naisbitt, Bee Mason, Norman Mooney, A Eriksen.
The collection is split into four sub-fonds comprising of General correspondence, commercial correspondence, ships logs and miscellaneous papers.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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Shackleton's last voyage, the story of the Quest by John Robert Francis Wild, first published in 1923, SPRI Library shelf (7) 91 (08)[1921-1922]