The collection comprises of material relating the 1819 discovery of the South Shetland Islands.
William Goddard collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Goddard
- Dates of Creation1819
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (1 chart)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The South Shetland Islands comprise of 11 large and several smaller islands. Volcanic activity on Deception Island has been reported throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. William Smith first sighted Livingston Island, part of the western group on 19 February 1919 during a British Mercantile voyage between Buenos Aries and Valparaiso. Both sealing and whaling was carried out amongst the islands and Shackleton's crew found refuge on Elephant Island during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 (Weddell Sea Party).
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.
Goddard produces a chart of part of the group then called New South Britain.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester ISBN 0471 986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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