Kendall, British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/495;BJ Field book, 1826 [Containing the rough survey of the northern coast of the continent of America between the Coppermine River and 150° West and part of the Polar Sea navigated by the boats of the expedition] 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827 (leader John Franklin), [second Arctic Land Expedition] was to extend exploration of the coast west from Coppermine River to Icy Cape, Alaska. Setting out from Liverpool in February 1825 destined for Cumberland House, the expedition proceeded to Great Bear Lake where they built their winter quarters, Fort Franklin. In June 1826, the expedition descended the Mackenzie River to the head of its delta, where two parties were formed and separated. The western party under Franklin and George Back charted the Arctic coastline as far as Return Islands while the eastern party under John Richardson and Edward Nicholas Kendall explored and mapped the coastline east to the Coppermine River.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 015 Sir George Back, GB 015 John Barrow, GB 015 Michael Faraday, GB 015 Eleanor Franklin, GB 015 Sir John Franklin, GB 015 Robert McVicar and GB 015 Sir John Richardson