Biscoe, British Expedition

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

  • MS 479;BJ Journal, 14 July 1830 to 30 January 1833 [Voyage towards the South Pole onboard Tula] photocopy
  • MS 600/9/1-2;MJ & BJ Journal, 1830-1833, microfilm
  • MS 596;BJ Journal extracts, 1830-1833, photocopy
  • MS 1172;D Letter to Captain Francis Beaufont, 10 April 1832 [Regarding Biscoe's belief that he had discovered part of the Antarctic continent] 2 leaves, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Expedition, 1830-1833 (Captain John Biscoe) was dispatched by Messrs Enderby on a voyage of exploration for sealing and whaling opportunities. The two expedition ships, Tula and Lively circumnavigated Antarctica, visiting the Falkland Islands, searched for the 'Aurora Islands' (Shag Rocks) and visited the South Sandwich Islands. On 24 February 1831 they sighted the Antarctic mainland naming part of east Antarctica Enderby Land for their employers. After wintering in Australia the vessels visited Chatham Islands and Bounty Islands and searched for 'Nimrod Island'. On their return to the Antarctic mainland Biscoe roughly charted the southern extension of Trinity Land and Palmer Land (Antarctic Peninsula). Lively was wrecked at the Falkland Islands in July 1832



Alternative Form Available

These journals are copies.

Related Material

See SPRI collections GB 015 Hobart Marine Board, and GB 015 Tasmanian Government.

Location of Originals

MS 479;BJ Original held by the Royal Geographical Society [This journal was kept in duplicate and the other copy was deposited at the British Museum] of which MS 600/9/1-2MJ&BJ is a copy although this journal differs from the one retained by the Royal Geographical Society. MS 596;BJ Originals in British Museum [These are copies of the pages in the British Museum journal which differ from the journal retained by the Royal Geographical Society], MS 1172;D Original in British Admiralty, Hydrographic Department (in 1982)