- MS 1433/2;D Letter to Rupert England, 9 March 1908 [Farewell letter on their departure from the expedition] 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
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- Dates of Creation9 March 1908
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The correspondence relates to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton). A shore party of 15 set up base on the Antarctic continent; they discovered nearly 500km of the Transantarctic Mountains flanking the Ross Ice Shelf. A party climbed Mount Erebus (3794 m), Ross Island. A southern party consisting of Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Eric Marshall and John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild found a route up the Beardsmore Glacier and sledged to within 180km of the pole.
A second party sledged to he region of the South Magnetic pole and exploration of the area around the Ferrar Glacier was also conducted.
Rupert England was captain of the expedition ship Nimrod during the first voyage south.