Phipps, British Naval North Polar Expedition, 1773

Scope and Content

  • MS 337;BJ 'Descriptions of plants and animals found in voyages to the North Pole', 1773, 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval North Polar Expedition, 1773 (led by Phipps) sailed with the aim of determining how far navigation was possible north from Spitsbergen. Two vessels HMS Racehorse (Phipps) and HMS Carcass (Skeffington Lutwidge) passed the furthest north set by the Russian Northwest Passage Expedition, 1766 (Vasiliy Chichagov). Scientific research was carried out including zoological and botanical collections.

Horatio Nelson served as midshipman in HMS Carcass.




See Voyage towards the North Pole...1773 (London 1774) p12 and 183-204

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