Koettlitz, British National Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 366/14;ER (formerly MS 366/1/4;D) Report to Robert Falcon Scott on the tinned meats available for food aboard Discovery, 6 October 1902, holograph
  • MS 366/14;ER (formerly MS 366/1/1-3;D) Medical reports (3) addressed to Scott on the health of the expedition members, 3 October 1902, 19 February 1903 and 25 October 1903, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound from where sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes. Scott made the fist balloon ascent on the continent in 1902. A three-man sledge party consisting of Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson achieved a furthest south of 82°17'S on 30 December 1902. The expedition ship, Discovery, commissioned and built especially for the expedition was beset in McMurdo Sound from 1902-1904.

Koettlitz served as the senor surgeon during this expedition.



Related Material

The Institute holds over seventy archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see GB 015 British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 for more information.