Mossman, Scottish National Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 101/6;BJ Extracts from private journal,1903 [During the summer cruise and subsequent wintering of the Antarctic ship Scotia] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 100/137;BJ Extracts from private journal, 26 January to November 1903 [Bound copy of MS 101/6;BJ] 1 volume, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce) undertook exploration of the Weddell Sea. To the west of Queen Maud Land the expedition discovered Coats Land, which was named for James Coats Jr and Major Andrew Coats who had supported the expedition.

A meteorological observatory (Omond House) was established on Laurie Island, South Orkney Islands which was later transferred to the Argentine government who continue to run it to this day. (Laurie Island is now the oldest continuously operational observatory in the region.)

The expedition conducted a comprehensive scientific program, Mossman remained at Omond House undertaking observations.



Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

See also GB 015 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 ships logs and plans for a more information on archival collections held by the Institute containing material on this expedition.

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