Pennell, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 230/7-10;ER Rough navigation books (4), 8 June 1910 to 17 December 1913, 4 volumes
  • MS 230/1-4;BJ Rough zoological logs (4), 3 September 1910 to 1 June 1913 [Volume III Fair copy of volume I including 14 photographs, Volume IV fair copy of volume II, 14 December 1912 to 1 June 1913 only] 4 volumes
  • MS 230/5-6;BJ Rough work books (2), 1911-1913 [Volume I reworking of sights taken by Edward RGR Evans and Henry Bowers during the Southern Journey, 1911-1912, volume II reworking in connection with chart drawings, 1913] 2 volumes
  • MS 230/11;ER Record of surveys, 1 January 1911 to 27 February 1911 [Taken from Terra Nova, including soundings and Hydrographical data] 1 volume
  • MS 230/13;ER Survey notebook, [February 1911] [Observations on board Terra Nova on the Ross Ice Shelf and discovery of Oates Land, February 1911] 1 volume
  • MS 559/167;D List of supplies on western shore of McMurdo Sound, winter 1911-1912, 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 230/12;ER Rough navigation work book, 18 January to 14 June 1913 [Volume V (See MS 230/7-10;ER)] 1 volume
  • MS 559/101/5;D List of skins, [1913] [Held at Museum belonging to ships collection] 1 leaf, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp.

The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.

Pennell served on board the expedition ship Terra Nova, the collection covers navigational notes and observations, zoological logs, survey material and supply lists for the duration of the expedition.



Custodial History

MS 559/167;D was found by Apsley Cherry-Garrard amongst his own papers and attributed by him in a covering note to Pennell.

Related Material

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

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.