Balleny, British Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 491;BJ Log book, 16 July 1838 to 13 May 1839 [Schooner Eliza Scott, voyage from London to New Zealand, to discovery of Balleny Islands, to Madagascar] 1 volume, holograph, photocopy
  • MS 1172;D[Biscoe] Letter (copy) to Captain Francis Beaufont, 4 December 1839 [Regarding New Zealand, volcanic activity in Balleny Islands, estimation of ice berg height, all in relation to the expedition] 2 leaves, typescript (carbon)

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Expedition 1838-1839 (Captain John Balleny) was despatched by the Enderby brothers to search for new lands and sealing or whaling grounds in far southern latitudes. Visiting Ile Amsterdam, 4 November 1838 and Campbell Island, 16 January 1839 before reaching 69°S in the Ross Sea on 1 February 1839 where pack-ice prevented them advancing further. The expedition made the first landing south of the Antarctic Circle on the Balleny Islands, 12 February 1839. John Balleny captained Eliza Scott the second expedition ship Sabrina was lost with all hands, 24 March 1839 during a gale.



Alternative Form Available

These are copies.

Additional Information

  • MS 491;BJ Original in Royal Geographical Society
  • MS 1172;D Original in British Admiralty, Hydrographic Department

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