Nares, British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876

Scope and Content

  • MS 498;MJ Remark Book, June 1875 to December 1877, microfilm
  • MS 376/3/1-2;D Instructions (2) to Lieutenant G A Giffard, 3 and 23 April 1876 [Regarding sledging journals] holograph
  • MS 498;MJ Journal, 30 May to 26 October 1876 [Includes notes and correspondence] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader Sir George Strong Nares) was sent by the Admiralty for an attempt on the North Pole by Smith Sound and to explore the coasts of Greenland and adjacent lands. Sailing from Portsmouth in two ships, HMS Alert and HMS Discovery (Henry Stephenson) the expedition was unsuccessful in its attempt to reach the pole. Geographical discoveries were made and the ships returned with a large quantity of scientific data

Alternative Form Available

MS 498;MJ is a copy

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 015 British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 for a full list

Location of Originals

MS 498;MJ Original in the Public Archives of Canada (1982)


See full text of MS 1133/2;D in Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876, journals and proceedings (London HMSO 1877)