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British Naval Expedition, 1839-1843
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- ReferenceGB 15 British Naval Expedition
- Dates of Creation1839-1843
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (60 volumes)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The British Naval Expedition, 1839-1843 (Captains James Clark Ross and Francis Crozier) carried out Hydrographic and magnetic surveys of the southern oceans. The expedition ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror made three southern voyages.
During the 1841 voyage the expedition charted part of the Victoria Land coast, discovering Ross Island and the great ice barrier (Ross Ice Shelf). The second voyage south in 1842 called at the Falkland Islands, while on the final southern voyage, 1842 landings were made along the Antarctic Peninsular.
During the expeditions stay in Hobart a geophysical observatory was established with the Governor's (Sir John Franklin) co-operation.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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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