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YOUNG, Capt Allen (1827-1915)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 SAY
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: YOUNG, Capt Allen (1827-1915)
Date(s): 1857-1920
Level of description: collection
Extent: 5 boxes, 9 scrapbooks, 1 file and a parcel of press cuttings
Name of creator(s): Young | Sir | Allen William | 1827-1915 | Knight | polar explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1827; joined the merchant service, 1842; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1857-1915; volunteered for the Franklin search expedition of Captain Francis L McClintock, 1857-1860, and was sailing-master of the Fox during the voyage and commander of a sledge party, Feb-July, 1859, discovering 400 miles of new coast. Commanded an expedition to survey a route for a cable telegraph under the Atlantic ocean by way of Iceland and Greenland, 1860; assisted Admiral Sherard Osborn in equipping the Chinese navy and captain of the man-of-war Kwangtung during the Taiping rebellion, 1862-1864; attempted the northwest passage, and endeavoured to find the records of the lost Franklin expedition on King William's Land, in his yacht Pandora, 1875; refitted the Pandora for a second voyage with the same object and landed dispatches for Nares at Cape Isabella and Littleton Island, 1876; commanded the whaler Hope, chartered with government help, in order to search for the explorer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, 1882; died, 1915.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Allen William Young, 1857-1920, including ship's logs of the voyages of the PANDORA and the HOPE to the Arctic and the COROMANDEL and the MARLBOROUGH to India; journals kept on the FOX (the search for Sir John Franklin) and other voyages; nine scrapbooks of press cuttings entitled 'Shipping' and miscellaneous items.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The contents of the 5 boxes has not undergone any arrangement.

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 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Catalogue available in the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Multiple sources (see file level descriptions in the Foyle reading room for sources).

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Archives - Correspondence Blocks, 1851-1860, 1871-1880, 1881-1910 and 1911-1920: Young, Capt Allen.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; The Geographical Journal, Vol. 47, pp.34-41.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
1 November 2000; May 2008

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