AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

ALDRICH, Admiral Pelham (1844-1930)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 ALD
Held at: National Maritime Museum
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full 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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"