Parry, British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1821-1823

Scope and Content

  • MS 1199/2;MJ Journal, 29 April 1821 to 1 September 1823 [Prepared for the press] microfilm
  • MS 1234;MJ Journal, 8 May 1821 to 15 October 1823 [HMS Fury] microfilm
  • MS 438/8;BJ Orders and regulations, 8 May 1821 [HMS Fury] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 438/9;BJ Lunar observations, 1821-1822 [Winter island] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 438/11;BJ Day and Night signals between HMS Hecla and HMS Fury, 1821-1823, 1 volume

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1821-1823 (led by Parry) sailed from London in April 1819. Parry sailed on HMS Fury with George Francis Lyon onboard HMS Hecla. The expedition was to search the area around the Foxe Basin north from Repulse Bay for the passage west. The two ships spent the winter of 1821/1822 at Winter Island (Southeast of Melville Peninsula). During their time at these winter quarters the expedition had numerous encounters with Eskimos. They spent a second winter close to the Eskimo settlement at Igloolik having discovered Fury and Hecla Strait separating Melville Peninsula from Baffin Island.

This was the last expedition to search for a Northwest passage through Hudson Strait.



Alternative Form Available

MS 1199/2;MJ and MS 1234;MJ are copies

Related Material

For additional material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 15 William Mogg and GB 15 Sir Joseph Nias.

Location of Originals

MS 1199/2;MJ and MS 1234;MJ Naval Library (1982)