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Journals of "Samgarnabo" Samuel Wilkes, of a voyage of discovery in the Polar Seas.


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Biographical details S.S. Wilkes was Armourer of the HECLA. Wilkes had returned to England with the despatches of the Land Expedition commanded by Lieutenant Commander John Franklin shortly before Lord Melville asked him to join the Parry expedition. Wilkes's father was James Wilkes, Gunmaker to the Board of Ordnance, which helped him prove his qualifications as armourer.
Description Voyages undetaken by HMS FURY and HMS HECLA from 1821 to 1823, commanded by Captain William Edward Parry and Captain George Francis Lyon. The first volume begins with a detailed account of the processes involved in becoming part of the crew on such an expedition. The volumes include accounts of several theatrical performances and other entertainments they made to occupy their time when they were confined to the ships in freezing conditions, as well as accounts of land exploration, rescues of lost men and hunting trips.
Date made 1821-1823

Finding Reference JOD/294
Catalogue section Manuscript volumes acquired singly by the Museum
Creator Wilkes, Samuel
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Extent 1 folder: 3 volumes
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