Ponsonby, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 498;MJ Letter to G W Hunt of the Admiralty, 4 November 1876 [On behalf of Queen Victoria, relating to the expedition] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader Sir George Strong Nares), sent by the Admiralty for an attempt on the North Pole by Smith Sound and to explore the coasts of Greenland and adjacent lands. Sailing from Portsmouth in two ships, HMS Alert and HMS Discovery the expedition was unsuccessful in its attempt to reach the pole. Geographical discoveries were made and the ships returned with a large quantity of scientific data



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Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 15 British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 for a full list

Location of Originals

Original letter held by the Public Archives of Canada (1982)