- MS 101/30/1-3;D Letters (3) to William Speirs Bruce, 1911-1913 [Regarding invertebrates collected during the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904] 4 leaves, holograph and typescript
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- ReferenceGB 15 Charles Chilton/Correspondence
- Dates of Creation1911-1913
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCirca 3 letters
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The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce) undertook exploration of the Weddell Sea. To the west of Queen Maud Land the expedition discovered Coats Land, which was named for James Coats Jr and Major Andrew Coats who had supported the expedition.
A meteorological observatory (Omond House) was established on Laurie Island, South Orkney Islands which was later transferred to the Argentine government who continue to run it to this day. (Laurie Island is now the oldest continuously operational observatory in the region.)
The expedition conducted a comprehensive scientific program, plans were made to search for the missing Swedish South Polar Expedition, 1901-1903 (leader Nils Otto Nordenskjld) but were set aside when news of their rescue by the Argentine naval ship Uruguay arrived.