Franklin, British Naval North Polar Expedition, 1818

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/270;D Account, 1818 [Preparations for the expedition] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/271;BJ Journal, January to 2 June 1818 [In HMS Trent] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/272;D Notes, [1818] [Arctic geography] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/273;D Directions [1818] [For knowing and sailing into Magdalena Bay] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/274;D Notes, [1818] [On magnetism] 3 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval North Polar Expedition, 1818 (Leader David Buchan) sailed from London to the waters of Svalbard. The Admiralty wished to explore the possibilities of a route from Svalbard via the North Pole to the Bering Strait and Pacific Ocean. Buchan commanded HMS Dorothea while Franklin sailed on HMS Trent. The ships were beset at 80°. This expedition was to be the last sent by the Royal Navy that attempted to sail across the Pole.



Related Material

Material relating to this expedition can be found amongst SPRI collections GB 15 Frederick William Beechey and GB 15 Alexander Marcet

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