They were searching for the valuable Bowhead whale, which had been sighted on Ross´1839.43 Antarctic expedition. Although unsuccessful at achieving this aim, the ships returned in 1893 loaded with seal pelts. First published in 1894, this is Murdoch´s account of the expedition, illustrated throughout with his sketches. He documents each stage of the voyage, and describes living conditions on the Balaena. His illustrations include scenes such as the ship´s departure and ice landscapes, as well as the daily work of the crew. Williams S. Bruce (1867-1911), the ships naturalist, wrote the final chapter, focusing on the scientific observations he made during the voyage.
W.G. Burn Murdoch, with contributions by William S. Bruce
First published in 1894, this edition in 2012
Cambridge University Press