Parry, British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1818

Scope and Content

  • MS 1199/1/1;MJ Journal, 21 April to 9 November 1818 [HMS Alexander] microfilm
  • MS 438/7;BJ Proceedings, and weekly reports, 1818 [HMS Alexander addressed to Captain John Ross] 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1818 (leader John Ross) set out from London in April of 1818 . Parry captained HMS Alexander while the expedition leader John Ross sailed on HMS Isabella. The expedition was to search Baffin Bay for an entrance to a Northwest Passage via Smith Sound, Jones Sound and Lancaster Sound. The expedition confirmed the discoveries that had been made by Robert Bylot and William Baffin during their British Northwest Passage Expedition, 1616. The expedition also encouraged whalers to extend their activities north to Baffin Bay and the coast of Baffin Island.



Alternative Form Available

MS 1199/1;MJ is a copy

Related Material

For additional material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 015 Sir John Ross, GB 015 Sir Edward Sabine and GB 015 Charlotte Grimstone.

Additional Information

Ms 1199/1;MJ Naval Library (1982)