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.

Using this item

Wellington City Libraries
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

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - Voyages of discovery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/37140/united-states-expedition (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012