The collection comprises of material relating to the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader William Pullen) and the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1857-1859 (leader Francis Leopold McClintock)
William Harvey collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Harvey
- Dates of Creation1853-1859
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (1 microfilm, 6 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Harvey served as bosun's mate in HMS Resolute on the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader Horatio Austin), instructed to search for Franklin's missing expedition by way of Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound. He returned to the Arctic on the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader William Pullen), as boatswain's mate in HMS North Star, the store ship for the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader Sir Edward Belcher). In August 1853, Harvey transferred to the supply ship HMS Phoenix, which had arrived at Beechey Island with more supplies for Belcher's squadron, and returned to England. He was later appointed chief quartermaster of Fox on the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1857-1859 (leader Francis Leopold McClintock), a private expedition sponsored by Jane, Lady Franklin and public subscription to search in the area of King William Island for relics of Franklin's expedition.
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of material relating to each expedition
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2
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