The collection comprises of maps and papers relating to the expedition
British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-1931
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- ReferenceGB 15 British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-1931
- Dates of Creation1930-1931
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (2 boxes, 7 volumes, 10 sheets)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The British Arctic Air Route 1930-1931 (leader Henry Watkins), organized to investigate the possibilities of an air route between Britain and Canada across Greenland. Sailing in Quest from London in July 1930, the expedition reached Angmagssalik in East Greenland, where a base camp was established. The following month a meteorological station was established on the ice cap from which continuous meteorological observations were conducted. Between December 1930 and May 1931, Augustine Courtauld spent five months alone at the station conducting meteorological observations.
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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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