Riley, British Arctic Air Route Expedition

Scope and Content

BRITISH ARCTIC AIR ROUTE EXPEDITION, 1930-1931

  • MS 1123/1/1;MJ Diary, 6 July to 8 August 1830 [Part of his expedition diary] microfilm
  • MS 1123/1/2;MJ Diary, 10 August to 17 August 1931 [Including notes and letters] microfilm
  • MS 1123/1/3;MJ Eskimo vocabulary, 1930-1931 [Including a letter to Eskimo Thomas, May 1932] microfilm

EAST GREENLAND EXPEDITION, 1932-1933

  • MS 1123/2;MJ Diary, 9 July 1932 to 27 September 1933 [Two volumes] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-1931 (leader Henry George Watkins) sailed north on the Quest in July 1930. The expedition aimed to explore the East coast of Greenland and part of the central ice plateau. Two de Haviland Moth planes were taken. Bases were set up at Angmagsalik and on the ice cap where meteorological observations were conducted.

Watkins returned to Greenland in 1932 with Riley to continue work in the area. Watkins drowned during this second expedition.

Arrangement

Chronological

Related Material

The Institute holds an archival collection for the expedition leader Henry George (Gino) Watkins.

Geographical Names