The Cruise of her Majesty’s Ship “Challenger.” Voyages over Many Seas, Scenes in Many Lands.

This round the world voyage was epochal including a visit to the Kerguelen Islands in Jan. 1874. It experienced some polar conditions but not many. It never wintered over, the best time for library use.

p. 8: For the use of the scientific staff, of which Professor Wyville Thomson was the director, there was built an ample and compact work-room…, and a well-stocked library of professional books in various languages. [This library survived as the library of the “Challenger” office and is mentioned by Rudmose Brown in A Naturalist at the Poles as a place where William Speirs Bruce worked with John Murray (p. 21).]