Hussey, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Weddell Sea Party]

Scope and Content

  • MS 1605/3/2;SL Meteorological Observations, 8 August 1914 to 31 December 1914, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1605/3/1;SL Meteorological Observations, 1 January 1915 to 9 March 1915, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1605/2/1;D Meteorological Returns, weather diary, January 1915 to December 1915 [Weddell Sea] 32 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1605/2/2;BJ Pocket Register for Normal Climatological observations, March 1915 to July 1915 [Weddell Sea] 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1914-1916 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) set out to cross the Antarctic continent. When Endurance was beset this goal was abandoned. The ship drifted for ten months before being crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea and sinking in 1915. The entire company spent five months on the ice before escaping in the three lifeboats to Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands. Two of the life boats were made into a shelter for the company while Shackleton, Thomas Crean, Frank Worsley, Timothy McCarthy, Harold McNish and John Vincent sailed 1450Km to South Georgia in the James Caird. Arriving at South Georgia Shackleton, Crean and Worsley made the first major trek across the island to the whaling station at Stromness. The steam tug Yelcho rescued the men on Elephant island in August 1916.



Related Material

The Institute holds over thirty archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1914-1916, for more information.