Skelton, motor sledge development

Scope and Content

  • MS 342/10/1-3;D Correspondence and other papers concerning the design of a motor sledge for Robert Falcon Scott, 1906 to 1910, 3 folders, holograph, typescript and printed
  • MS 342/14/1-11;D Letters (10) to Robert Falcon Scott, 3 June 1907 to 16 October 1912 [Letters 1 to 3 written in 1907 concerning work on motor sledges. Letters 8 to 10 were returned undelivered due to Scott's death] 35 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1453/174/1-6;D Letters (6) to Robert Falcon Scott, 3 June 1907 to 13 October 1910 [Regarding motor sledges for the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 and his exclusion from it] 24 leaves, holograph
  • MS 342/15;D Letter (copy) to Ernest Henry Shackleton, 10 June 1907 [Regarding his work on motor sledges] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1453/33;D Note on two forms of motor transport in the Antarctic, 30 June 1914 [Comparison of Scott's motor sledges and those driven by aerial propellers] 6 leaves, typescript (carbon)

Administrative / Biographical History

On Skelton's return form the Antarctic he undertook work on the design of motor sledges for use in polar regions. The correspondence relates to this work.



Alternative Form Available

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material on the development and use of motor sledges, see SPRI collections George Abbott, Michael Barne, Jean Baptiste Charcot, Bernard Day, Howard De Walden, Fridtjof Nansen, Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and G Foster Pedley.