- MS 1465;D Blue-print of a map of South Georgia drawn in 1911 [Found in the Manager's villa of the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken in 1979] 1 sheet
Mller, German South Polar Expedition
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- Dates of Creation1911
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The German South Polar expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner) stopped at Buenos Aries before proceeding south to Antarctic waters. Exploring South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in 1911 the expedition ship Deutschland then sailed south to the Weddell Sea. The south coast was charted and the Filchner Ice Shelf discovered. Deutschland was beset and attempts to create a permanent base on the Ice Shelf proved unsuccessful. Plans for crossing Antarctica were abandoned but a comprehensive scientific programme was undertaken.
. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton used part of another blueprint of the same map when he trekked across South Georgia from King Haakon Bay to Stromness Bay in May 1916 (Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916, Weddell Sea Party). It is probable that this blueprint is contemporary with the copy Shackleton used and that both were made at the Grytviken drawing office.