The collection comprises of correspondence by Bullen regarding the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott).
Frank Bullen collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Frank Bullen
- Dates of Creation1901
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Frank Thomas Bullen was born in London in 1857. From the age of nine he lived on the streets, and in 1869, joined the Merchant Navy as cabin boy. Serving in over twenty-five ships, he rose to able seaman, and passed the examinations for second mate and first mate. In 1882, Bullen became a clerk in the Meteorological Office, augmenting his income by running simultaneously a picture-framing business and haberdashery shop. Overwork led to voluntary bankruptcy in the mid-1890s. However, clerical work had enabled him to develop abilities as a writer as well as his theoretical understanding of marine science. From 1895, he began regular contributions to popular journals, and in 1899, left the Meteorological Office after accepting an appointment as columnist on the Morning Leader. He also began to undertake lecture tours in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and North America. The first of his thirty-six books, The Cruise of the Cachalot (1898), established his international reputation. He died in 1915 during a visit to Madeira.
Published work, The cruise of the Cachalot, round the world after sperm whales by Frank T. Bullen, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1899) SPRI Library Shelf 639.245.1, Deep sea plunderings, a collection of stories of the sea by Frank T. Bullen, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1901) SPRI Library Shelf 639.245.1
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The dictionary of national biography, missing persons, Oxford University Press, Oxford (1994) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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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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