The collection comprises of Blomkvist' application letter for the British Exploring Expedition, 1894-1897 (leader Frederick Jackson) [Jackson Harmsworth Polar Expedition] to the Russian Arctic
Karl Blomkvist collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Karl Blomkvist
- Dates of Creation1895
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Karl Blomkvist served as assistant on the British Exploring Expedition (Jackson-Harmsworth Polar Expedition), 1894-1897 (leader Frederick George Jackson), an expedition sponsored primarily by the newspaper proprietor Alfred Harmsworth to complete the exploration of Zemlya Frantsa-Iosifa. After establishing their winter quarters at Mys Flora on Ostrov Nordbruk in autumn 1894, Blomkvist, Jackson and Albert Armitage set out on their main northern journey in April 1895, with three ponies to draw their sledges. They explored northward through Proliv Britanskiy Kanal to 81 degrees 19 minutes 30 seconds North, off the west coast of Ostrov Dzheksona, before returning to Mys Flora in May. The following year, the three men returned to Britanskiy Kanal to extend their exploration of spring 1895. Finding open water in the north of the channel, they turned east to explore among the small islands northeast of Ostrov Gukera, later returning to Mys Flora in April. On 17 June 1896, the expedition met Fridtjof Nansen leader of the Norwegian North Polar Expedition, 1893-1896, they had wintered north of them on Ostrov Dzheksona after his attempt to reach the North Pole. In August 1896, Blomkvist departed in Windward which had arrived in July to re-supply the expedition.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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