Penck, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 101/74/1-6;D Letters (6) to William Speirs Bruce, 1910 to 1913 [Partly regarding the expedition] 9 leaves, typescript
  • MS 100/90;D Letter to Hugh Robert Mill, 17 April 1910 [Various matters, including thanks for a copy of his book] typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

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.



Related Material

For additional collections containing information on the German South Polar Expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner) see SPRI collections GB 015 Wilhelm Filchner, GB 015 Johannes Mller, GB 015 Robert Mossman and GB 015 Fritz Heim.