Franklin, British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/280/1-2;BJ Journals (2), 26 November 1823 to 17 August 1826 [Volume II compiled from volume I presumably at end of expedition] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/280/3;BJ Journal, 26 November 1823 to 26 May 1827, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/282;D Memoranda to John Richardson and E N Kendall, 1825, 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/283;D Journal fragments, 6 to 7 June 1826 [Account of clash with Eskimo] 9 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827 (led by 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

Material relating to this expedition can be found amongst SPPRI archival collections GB 15 Sir George Back, GB 15 Sir John Barrow, GB 15 Eleanor Franklin, GB 15 Michael Faraday, GB 15 Edward Kendell, GB 15 Robert McVicar and GB 15 Sir John Richardson