Nelson, Discovery Investigations

Scope and Content

  • MS 102/108;D Surveys, 1930 [South Sandwich Islands by RRS Discovery II] 7 sheets, photocopy
  • MS 710;BJ Report, January 1933 [Visit to the South Sandwich Islands on RRS Discovery II 24 leaves
  • MS 220;MSM Hydrographic survey, 1932-1933 [Signy Island, South Orkney Islands by RRS Discovery II]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Discovery Expeditions, 1925 to 1951, were organised to provide information required for whaling and sealing industries the investigations were a series of oceanographic voyages undertaken by Scott's first expedition ship Discovery and later by Discovery II and William Scoresby. During the first two years research 1925 to 1927 a laboratory was set up on South Georgia. The first cruise of the William Scoresby involved whale marking off South Georgia and dredging off the Falkland Islands. The 1933-1935 season Nelson captained RRS Discovery II on her 3rd commission with Neil Mackintosh in command.



Alternative Form Available

MS 220;MSM is a copy.

Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 015 Discovery Committee and GB 015 Neil Mackintosh.

The archive of the Discovery committee can be found at the University of Southampton, finding aids can be searched on line at the Library and Information services

Location of Originals

MS 220;MSM Held by the Discovery Investigations

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

Corporate Names