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Diaries of Dr. I. M. MacIntosh - Antarctica 1956-1957, 1961-1962

Identifier: Coll-1285

Scope and Contents

E2010.32 consists of typescript copies of the Diary of Dr. MacIntosh. Antarctica 1956-1957 and Dr. MacIntosh's Diary 1961-1962. South on 'Venturer'. Ashore at Leith Harbour. Home by 'Harvester''. There are also photocopies of the diaries.

The diaries were discovered in 2007 through a bookshop by George R. Cummings - Chairman of the Salvesen's Ex-Whalers Club, and a whaler on the 'Southern Venturer', 1961-62, and mess-boy on 'Southern Harvester', 1947-48.


  • Creation: 1956-1962


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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Ian M. MacIntosh was a doctor for the whaling operation of Christian Salvesen Ltd. at Leith Harbour, South Georgia. He served as a 2nd Doctor between 1952 and 1953, and then 1960-1961, and then as sole doctor in 1961-1962 when the whaling station did not operate. His total whaling service was ten seasons. He normally looked after the health of the British whalers while the senior doctor cared for the Norwegians serving with the station.

During 1956-1957 period, MacIntosh worked at the Grytviken station on South Georgia at the invitation of the then manager, Ken Pierce Butler who had previously been the Magistrate at King Edward Point, Grytviken. He had been requested to take over responsibility at Grytviken pending the arrival of a new doctor.


1 box

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession no. E2010.32 - was acquired in December 2008.

Related Materials

Also within Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, are the Archives of Messrs. Christian Salvesen Limited (Coll-36), and the Papers of Sir Gerald Elliot FRSE (Coll-1357).

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.

Diaries of Dr. I. M. MacIntosh - Antarctica, 1956-1957, 1961-1962
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Repository Details

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