Hills, British Naval Supply Voyage, 1853

Scope and Content

  • MS 726;BJ Journal, 8 March to 24 October 1853 [In HMS Phoenix as second master] 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1845 Sir John Franklin sailed north in command of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition. Sent by the Admiralty the two ships HMS Erebus (Franklin) and HMS Terror (Francis Crozier) were to search for a passage via Lancaster Sound. With provisions designed to last three years the expedition sailed north in May 1845. Whalers in Baffin Bay were the last Europeans to see the two ships in July of 1845.

Many searches were conducted for the missing expedition during the course of which the main facts regarding the route taken and the final fate of the expedition were established.

The British Naval Supply Voyage, 1853 (leader Edward Inglefield) was sent with fresh supplies for the ships of the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader Sir Edward Belcher). HMS Phoenix sailed with HMS Breadalbane (William Fawckner).



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 015 Joseph Bellot, GB 015 Sophia Cracroft, GB 015 Israel Holmes, GB 015 Jane Franklin and GB 015 Sir Edward Inglefield