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ALDRICH, Admiral Pelham (1844-1930)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 ALD

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: ALDRICH, Admiral Pelham (1844-1930)

Date(s): 1844-1930

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 4 volumes and 1 file

Name of creator(s): Aldrich | Pelham | 1844-1930 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Aldrich entered the Navy in 1859 in the Marlborough, Mediterranean Station, later serving in the Scout, 1865 to 1867, on the South American Station. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1866 and was First Lieutenant in the CHALLENGER between 1872 and 1874. He then joined the ALERT, 1875 to 1876, as senior lieutenant during the British Arctic expedition led by Sir G.S. Nares (q.v.). In the spring of 1876 he explored the northern coast of Ellesmere Island with the sledge CHALLENGER. For service in this expedition he was promoted to commander. He was employed in the surveying vessels SYLVIA and FAWN in the Far East and off Africa between 1879 and 1884, being promoted to captain in 1883. He continued to serve until 1908 when he retired with the rank of admiral.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers covering a short period of the career of Admiral Pelham Aldrich. There are extracts from journals, 1860 to 1867, returns from the sledge CHALLENGER and notes and journals concerning surveying 1879 to 1884. There are no papers for the CHALLENGER expedition in this collection: the main Arctic papers are with the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Divided into 5 sections.

Conditions governing access:

Please allow 4 working days to process your order for viewing (see website for full details).

Conditions governing reproduction:

Contact the Archives.

Finding aids:

an item level catalogue online at the National Maritime Museum website.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented in 1955 by Aldrich's niece, Miss B. Champion.



Archivist's note: Description transcribed from NMM online catalogue by Geoff Browell, August 2010.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2010

Maritime transport | Transport
Naval history | History
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Water transport

Personal names
Aldrich | Pelham | 1844-1930 | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Sylvia