Chapman, British Arctic Air Route Expedition,1930-1931

Scope and Content

  • MS 1443;D Journal kept during the expedition, 6 July to 19 December 1930 [Chapman's original journals were dictated onto tape in 1962, this transcript is made from the tape] 154 leaves, typed transcript (Xerox)

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-1931 (leader Henry Watkins) set out to investigate the possibilities of an air route between England and Canada across Greenland. Sailing in Quest from London in July 1930, the expedition reached Angmagssalik in East Greenland, where a base camp was established. The following month a meteorological station was established on the ice cap where a series of observations were conducted. Aerial photographs were taken and sledging and boat journeys were made to survey and chart parts of the east coast of Greenland and to explore the ice cap of the interior.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 British Arctic Air Route, 1930-1931 for more information