North Pole attempt British Arctic Expedition of 1875–1876
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North Pole. On 11th. November in 1876 ‘The Illustrated London News’ published our engraving above the title, ” The North Pole Expedition: The road between the Alert and the Discovery.” ‘HMS Alert’ and ‘HMS Discovery’ were two vessels supplied by the British Admiralty for the British Arctic Expedition of 1875–1876. HMS Alert a 17-gun wooden screw sloop was launched in 1856 and HMS Discovery, launched as the whaling ship Bloodhound in 1873, was purchased as the expeditions storeship in 1874. Paper size approx. 16 x 11 inches. Some faint fold marks where folded bt a Victorian ‘paper-boy.’ Otherwise, quite nice condition.