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Profile: Albert Borlase Armitage

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Albert Armitage was the second in command of both the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition of 1884–1897 and R. F. Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–1904. He never led an expedition himself; as Frank Debenham wrote (1944), ‘For polar work his mind was perhaps not quite flexible enough or his aims were not sufficiently ambitious to make him lead an expedition of his own.’ Despite this he played a leading role in both expeditions, and contributed significantly to Arctic and Antarctic exploration.

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Armitage, A. B. 1905. Tivo years in the Antarctic being a narrative of the British National Antarctic Expedition. London, Edward Arnold.
Armitage, A. B. 1925. Cadet to Commodore. London, Cassell.
Armitage, A. B. 1931. Cold Lands—experiences in the North Polar Regions. London, George Philips.
Armitage, A. B. 1931. Letter to Ferrar, H. T., 12 October 1931. SPRI MSS 1368/3.
Armitage, A. B. 1938. Obituary of Jackson, F. G.. Times, 16 March, p 16.
Debenham, F. 1944. Albert Borlase Armitage—an appreciation. Polar Record, 4(28): 186–87. KOETTLITZ, R. W. 1896. Journal: Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition 1894–1897. SPRI MSS 1165.
Jones, A. G. E. 1977. Frederick George Jackson 1860–1938. Musk-Ox 20: 5056.
Markham, C. R. 1903. The starting of the Antarctic Expedition. SPRI MSS 14553/2.
Royal Geographical Society. 1899. Anniversary Meeting, June 5th 1899. Geographical Journal 14, 102106.
Scott, R. F. 1905. Voyage of the Discovery. London, Smith Elder.
Skelton, R. W. 1944. Letter to Wordie, J. M., 17 08 1944. SPRI MSS 1476.
Wordie, J. M. 1944. Captain Albert Borlase Armitage, RD, RNR(retd). Geographical Journal, 104: 6970.
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Polar Record
  • ISSN: 0032-2474
  • EISSN: 1475-3057
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