Lyall, British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 19852-1854

Scope and Content

  • MS 1523/3/2;D Certificate of appointment, 16 February 1852 [Ships surgeon HMS Assistance]
  • MS 1523/4/6;D Weekly report of issues, savings and remains of provisions in HMS Assistance and tender Pioneer [un completed]
  • MS 1523/4/7;D A prayer to be used on the departure of the sledges
  • MS 1523/1/1;D Journal, 28 May to 24 June 1853 [Proceedings of HM sledge Lady Franklin whilst attached to the north east division of British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854, Captain Edward Belcher 27 journeys] 8 leaves, envelope
  • MS 1523/4/2;D List of equipment for sledges with their weights HM sledge Lady Franklin 15 March 1853
  • MS 1523/3/4;D Certificate to Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty regarding Lyall's transfer to North Star [Reference signed by Belcher]
  • MS 1523/4/3;D Report of examination of Officers and men in HMS North Star at Beechey Island 20 to 29 May 1854

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader Sir Edward Belcher), explored the regions of Wellington Channel and Melville Island in search of the missing British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition. Belcher was general commander of a squadron of five ships HMS Assistance, HMS Pioneer (Sherard Osborn) were under his direct control while HMS Resolute (Henry Kellett) HMS Intrepid (Francis McClintock) sailed to Melvile Island (British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1852) and HMS North Star (William Pullen) sailed to Beechey Island to serve as a base for the other four. Belcher sailed up Wellington Channel discovering Northumberland Sound. Spring sledging expeditions added to this discovery. Assistance and Pioneer were abandoned in 1854 as were Resolute and Intrepid.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 015 George Back, GB 015 Edward Belcher, GB 015 Francis McClintock, GB 015 George Mechem, GB 015 George Nares, GB 015 Sherard Osborn and GB 015 George Richards

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