The 'Enterprise' and 'Investigator' surrounded by ice, Barro
Engraving showing the 'Enterprise' and 'Investigator' surrounded by pack ice in Barrow's Straits, September 1849. These two ships were used by Sir James Clark Ross's Expedition of 1848-1849 to search the Arctic for signs of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS 'Erebus' and HMS 'Terror', to look for the Northwest passage round the northern coast of Canada. The expedition, commanded by Sir John Franklin, disappeared from view late in 1845 and none of the men were ever seen again. In fact the ships made it to the King William Island region, then got stuck in the ice. With supplies running out the surviving crew abandoned ship and headed south. However, none made it to safety and it is assumed all died from disease, exposure or starvation. From 1848 onwards a number of relief expeditions were sent to find Franklin, but it was only in 1859 that Francis Leopold McClintock was able to confirm Franklin's fate.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
?The Storming of Schinaass, Jan 3rd 1810?
?The Storming of Schinaass, Jan 3rd 1810?.Coloured aquatint by I Clark after R Temple, 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot published by W Haines, 1813.In 1809 the Bombay Presidency organized an expedition the Persian Gulf to suppress piracy. The fortress of the Schinaass [sic] surrendered after a heavy, night long bombardment.Between 1793 and 1815 Britain was almost constantly at war with France. The ships, sailors and soldiers needed to safeguard trade were in short supply, so the activities of pirates grew. For example, Arabian pirates often attacked merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf. This led the Bombay Presidency to launch an attack on the pirate settlements there in late 1809. As well as Presidency troops, the 47th and 65th Regiments of Foot played an important role. Two more joint Army-Navy campaigns against Gulf pirates followed in 1819 and 1821. Date: 1810
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library
HMS Marlborough - Funeral at sea of Robert E Clark M.S.M
HMS Marlborough - Funeral at sea of Master-at-Arms Robert E. Clark (195657) M.S.M. (Meritorious Service Medal), who died of an (unspecified) illness on 28th August 1923. HMS Marlborough was an Iron Duke-class battleship of the British Royal Navy, named in honour of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Built at Devonport Royal Dockyard between January 1912 and June 1914 and entered service just prior to First World War. Assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet after the war, Marlborough took part in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War (in the Black Sea 191920). She was also involved in the Greco-Turkish War. Date: 1923
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection