Story: Antarctica and New Zealand

United States expedition (2nd of 3)

The 1839–40 United States Exploring Expedition led by Charles Wilkes was the largest of the early expeditions to the Antarctic. Its six ships carried 433 men, including several scientists. This view from land over a bay and out to sea shows one of the ships, the Vincennes, and crewmen on land.

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Reference: Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition: during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. London: Ingram, Cooke, 1852, opposite p. 264

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Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - Voyages of discovery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012