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Index to Antarctic Expeditions

Compiled by the Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), the Index to Antarctic Expeditions is intended to provide one-touch access to information available on the Internet relating to specific expeditions (historic and selected modern). In addition to linking to the best summaries we have been able to trace (some compiled at SPRI, others on Antarctic Philately), this index provide near-comprehensive access to published literature as well as to photographs and pictures in the SPRI Picture Library. In the future, as we are able to complete cataloguing of other SPRI collections (Archives, Museum, etc.), we plan to extend the Index to cover these also.

Publications and photographs are retrieved by searches run on the Institute's databases SPRILIB Antarctica and Polar Pictures. Both of these databases may be accessed separately for more sophisticated searching (e.g. by place, subject, photographer, etc.).

Click on the Tick Boxes, to retrieve the information you need.

Eighteenth century expeditions

Expedition
Summary
Related
literature

Photographs
in SPRI

1739-41 French voyage (leader: J-B-C. de Lozier Bouvet)
1771-72 French expedition (leader: Y-J. de Kerguelen-Tremarec)
1771-73 French voyage (leader: M.M. Marion du Fresne)
1772-75 British Naval Voyage (leader: J. Cook)
1773-74 French naval expedition
(leader: Y-J. de Kerguelen-Tremarec)

Nineteenth Century expeditions

Expedition
Summary
Related
literature

Photographs
in SPRI

1819 British expedition (leader: W. Smith)
1819-20 British Naval Voyage (leader: E. Bransfield)
1819-21 Russian Naval Voyage (leader: F. Bellingshausen)
1820-21 US sealing voyage (leader: B. Pendleton)
1820-21 US sealing voyage (leader: N. Palmer)
1821-22 British sealing voyage (leader: G. Powell)
1822-24 British Sealing Expedition (leader: J. Weddell)
1828-31 British Naval Voyage, HMS Chanticleer
1829-31 US sealing voyage (leader: B. Pendleton)
1830-31 British expedition (leader: J. Biscoe)
1833-34 British expedition (leader: P. Kemp)
1837-40 French Naval Expedition (leader: Dumont d'Urville)
1838-39 British expedition (leader: J. Balleny)
1838-42 U.S. Exploring Expedition (leader: C. Wilkes)
1839-43 British Naval Expedition (leader: J.C. Ross)
1872-76 British Naval Voyage, HMS Challenger
1874-75 British Transit of Venus Expedition
1874-75 French Transit of Venus Expedition
1874-75 US Transit of Venus Expedition
1874-76 German Transit of Venus Expedition
1882-83 German IPY Expedition to South Georgia
(leader: K. Schrader)
1892-93 British whaling expedition (from Dundee)
1892-93 Norwegian whaling expedition (leader C.A. Larsen)
1893-94 Norwegian sealing and whaling expedition
(leader: C.A. Larsen)
1893-95 Norwegian sealing and whaling expedition
(leader: H.J. Bull)
1897-99 Belgian Antarctic Expedition (leader: A. de Gerlache)
1898-99 German Deep Sea Expedition (leader: C. Chun)
1898-1900 British Antarctic Expedition (leader: C. Borchgrevink)

Twentieth century expeditions

Expedition
Summary
Related
literature

Photographs
in SPRI

1901-03 German Antarctic Expedition (leader: E. von Drygalski)
1901-04 Swedish Antarctic Expedition
(leader: N.O.G. Nordenskjold)
1901-04 British Antarctic Expedition (leader: R.F. Scott)
1902-04 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition
(leader: W. Bruce)
1902-04 British Relief Expeditions (Morning)
1903-04 British Relief Expedition (Terra Nova)
1903-05 French Antarctic Expedition (leader: J-B. Charcot)
1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition (leader: E.H. Shackleton)
1908-10 French Antarctic Expedition (leader: J-B. Charcot)
1910-12 Norwegian Antarctic Expedition (leader: R. Amundsen)
1910-12 Japanese Antarctic Expedition (leader: N. Shirase)
1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition (leader: R.F. Scott)
1911-12 German Antarctic Expedition (leader: W. Filchner)
1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (leader: D. Mawson)
1914-17 Imperial Transantarctic Expedition
(leader: E.H. Shackleton)
1920-22 British Expedition to Graham Land (leader: J.L. Cope)
1921-22 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition
(leader: E.H. Shackleton)
1925-51: Discovery Investigations
1928-29: Wilkins-Hearst Antarctic Expedition
(leader: G.H. Wilkins)
1928-30 U.S. Antarctic Expedition (leader: R.E. Byrd)
1929-30 British Air Expedition (leader: G.H. Wilkins)
1929-31 British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic
Research Expedition (leader: D. Mawson)
1933-35 U.S. Antarctic Expedition (leader: R.E. Byrd)
1934-37 British Graham Land Expedition (leader: J. Rymill)
1935 Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Flight (leader: L. Ellsworth)
1938-39 German Antarctic Expedition (leader: A. Ritscher)
1939-41 U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition (leader: R.E. Byrd)
1943-45 British Naval Expedition 'Operation Tabarin'
1945-61: Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey
1946-47 U.S. Navy 'Operation Highjump'
1947-48 U.S. Navy 'Operation Windmill'
1949-52 Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition
(leader: J. Giaever)
1951-57 South Georgia Survey (leader: V.D. Carse)
1955-56 Gough Island Scientific Survey (leader: J. Heaney)
1955-57 Falkland Islands Dependencies Aerial Survey
Expedition (leader: P. Mott)
1955-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition
(leader: V. Fuchs)
1955-98 U.S. Navy 'Operation Deep Freeze'
1955-59 Royal Society Expedition to Halley Bay
1957-58: International Geophysical Year
1964-65 Joint Services Expedition to South Georgia
(leader: M. Burley)
1976-77 Joint Services Expedition to Elephant Island
(leader: C. Furse)
1979-82 Trans-Globe Expedition (leader: R. Fiennes)
1983-85 Joint Services Expedition to Brabant Island
(leader: C. Furse)
1984-86 'In the Footsteps of Scott' (leader: R. Swan)
1989-90 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition
(leaders: W. Steger and J-L. Etienne)
1992-93 Pentland South Pole Expedition (leader: R. Fiennes)
1992-93 Unsupported solo expedition to South Pole
(E. Kagge)
1996-97 Unsupported solo crossing of Antarctic continent
(B. Ousland)

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