McClure Arctic Expedition.
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|Biographical details||HMS INVESTIGATOR was a merchant ship purchased in 1848 to search for Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. She made two voyages to the Arctic and had to be abandoned in 1853 after becoming trapped in the ice. Her wreckage was found in July 2010 on Banks Island, in the Beaufort Sea. George Brown, A.B. (Rated Quartermaster Dec. 24, 1850) was a young crew member, born circa 1827. Sir Alexander Armstrong KCB FRS (1818 – 4 July 1899), born in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, was a naval surgeon, explorer, and author who from 1850 to 1854 sailed under the command of Robert McClure in search of the lost expedition of explorer Sir John Franklin. Armstrong's account of the voyage, 'Personal narrative of the discovery of the north-west passage', was published in London in 1857. (Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.)|
|Description||Collection includes an exercise book containing autobiographical notes on George Brown RN, written by his son, in an informal, conversational tone, largely consisting of a detailed account of the McClure Arctic Expedition from p24 onwards; some of his service papers including two certificates of service and a pension certificate; and an Arctic Discoveries Medal 1818-1855, awarded to him.
Also, an address to the petty officers, seaman and mariners late of HMS INVESTIGATOR by surgeon Alexander Armstrong, M.D. Document of 8 pages, plus envelope.
Also a newspaper cutting from the Calgary Herald, July 29, 1967, article entitled 'Soldiers to Trace Explorer's Path', about the latest search for Sir John Franklin's burial place.