- MS 1556;BJ Letter book, July 1840 (letter number 133) to September 1843 [HMS Erebus and HMS Terror] 1 volume
- MS 600/4;D Despatch to the Admiralty, April 1841 [From HMS Erebus in Hobart, to R M O'Farrall MP, reporting proceedings since 11 November ] 15 leaves, photocopy
Ross, British Naval Expedition
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir James Clark Ross/ British Naval Expedition
- Dates of CreationJuly 1840 to September 1843
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionLetter book and dispatch
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The British Naval Expedition, 1839-1843 (Captains James Clark Ross and Francis Crozier) carried out Hydrographic and magnetic surveys of the southern oceans. The expedition ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror made three southern voyages.
During the 1841 voyage the expedition charted part of the Victoria Land coast, discovering Ross Island and the great ice barrier (Ross Ice Shelf). The second voyage south in 1842 called at the Falkland Islands, while on the final southern voyage, 1842 landings were made along the Antarctic Peninsular.
During the expeditions stay in Hobart a geophysical observatory was established with the Governor's (Sir John Franklin) co-operation.
Alternative Form Available
MS 600/4;D is a copy.
Location of Originals
MS 600/4;D original held by the Public Record Office, Kew, London (in 1982)