Goddard, South Shetland Islands

Scope and Content

  • MS 354;MSM Chart of 'New South Britain' [South Shetland Islands], discovered 19 February 1819 [Start Point to Desolation Island] photocopy

Administrative / Biographical History

The South Shetland Islands comprise of 11 large and several smaller islands. William Smith visited the South Shetland Islands three times on board Williams during 1819, the first two during the Buenos Aries to Valparaiso voyage and then on a voyage from Blyth to Valparaiso dispatched with the intention of surveying the islands.




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

Alternative Form Available

This is a copy.

Related Material

See SPRI collection Edward Bransfield for additional charts of these islands.

Location of Originals

The chart was drawn to accompany the memorial from William Smith who discovered the islands to the Commissioners of the Admiralty.

The original ms chart is preserved in the Admiralty Hydrographic Department (pressmark S91, shelf Ael) (1982) it is sometimes called the Smith-Goddard chart