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The early history of Peter I Island

  • Rip Bulkeley (a1)

None of the logbooks or officers’ journals of the 1819–1821 Russian Antarctic expedition, commanded by Junior Captain Faddei Faddeyevich Bellingshausen, have yet been found. The discovery of Peter I Island was recorded in two reports from the commander, on Sheet 13 of a 15-sheet track chart of the expedition which he prepared during the voyage home (Belov 1963: 32), in his subsequent book (Bellinsgauzen 1831), and in narratives penned by four other eye-witnesses.

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Key: SARN = State Archives of the Russian Navy, St Petersburg; F = Fond; O = Opis’ (series); D = Delo (piece or folder); l = list (folio); o = oborotnoye (verso).
Balbi, A. 1842. Abrégé de géographie. Paris: Renouard.
Bellinsgauzen, F.F. 1821a. Report to the Minister of Marine, 17 March 1821. Rio de Janeiro. SARN F-166 O-1 D-660b ll. 352–353o.
Bellinsgauzen, F.F. 1821b. Table of discoveries enclosed with 1821c below. SARN F-203 O-1 D-826 ll 16–18o.
Bellinsgauzen, F.F. 1821c. Report to the Minister of Marine, 5 August 1821. Kronstadt. SARN F-203 O-1 D-826 ll 1–15o.
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