Watts, Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition

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Scope and Content

  • MS 1591/9/1;D Diary, 17 September 1921 to 17 September 1922, 102 leaves, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) was to sail along previously unvisited stretches of the Antarctic continent. Quest arrived in South Georgia in January 1922 where Shackleton died on 5 January. The expedition continued under John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild's command visiting the South Shetland Islands, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. The expedition proved the non-existence of New South Greenland. Shackleton was buried in the whalers' graveyard at Grytviken, South Georgia.

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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.

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922, for more information.