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SKEAD, Francis

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 FSK
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SKEAD, Francis
Date(s): 1858-1861
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box, 2 files
Name of creator(s): Skead | Francis | fl 1849-1881 | surveyor


Administrative/Biographical history:

Francis Skead was a surveyor in the Royal Navy. He was Second Master on board HMS ENTERPRISE to search for Franklin and his ships by way of the Bering Strait, 1849-1852; he invented the Skead sounder during telegraph survey operations between Malta and Crete off HMS TARTARUS, 1857 and accompanied David Livingstone to the mouth of the Zambesi, [1859-1861]. For most of his career he appears to have been Government Surveyor at the Cape, South Africa.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photocopies of papers relating to Francis Skead, 1858-1861, including notes by Skead on the Zambesi delta, May-June, 1858; positions on the Zambesi river observed by Young and [Skead] and an edited version of the journal of Lieut. R W Brigstock, Jan-Feb 1861, referring to his meeting with the Livingstone party.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist, and subject to completion of an 'application for copies form'. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received by the RGS from V L Bosazza.

Allied Materials

Related material:

David Livingstone Collection (4/10/4).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
22 March 2001; Jul 2008.

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