Wolfe, British Naval exploring Expedition, 1825-1828

Scope and Content

  • MS 1131;MJ Journal, 1825 to 1828 [HMS Blossom to Pacific and Beering's Straits] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1828 (leader Frederick William Beechey) was to conduct exploratory and scientific work in the Pacific Ocean and Bering Strait while awaiting the arrival of the expeditions of William Edward Parry (The British Naval North West Passage Expedition, 1824-1825) and John Franklin (The British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827 [second Arctic land expedition]). Setting sail from Spithead in May 1825, the expedition reached Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in June 1826 where they learned that Parry's expedition had already returned home. The expedition proceeded to Chamisso Island in Alaska from where an advance party reached Point Barrow on 23 August, missing Franklin, by five days. After wintering in the Pacific, they sailed north to the Bering Strait in the summer of 1827, before returning to England by way of Cape Horn.

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for Frederick Beechey and Sir Edward Belcher