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A researcher has sent me the following:
The Earl of Morton had several Arctic interests, as far as I can see. He and Alexander Bruce Hugh, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh had major shares in the little known Spitzbergen Coal and Mineral Ltd of London before Morton became involved in the Spitzbergen Mining and Exploration Syndicate in 1906. His third son, Archibald Roderick Sholto, was also a shareholder in the latter. Then there were shares in Arctic Ltd, but I have no idea what that may have been.
Morton and Balfour (excuse any wrong title, I'm not an expert) went on that sailing trip in 1906. I have a here the Cressida R.Y.S. Was there more than one boat (referring to SY Latona)? So I know that Morton and Balfour, and possibly Roderick and perhaps Frederick Ernest Charles Byron, 10th Baron Byron (also an original shareholder in the SMES) were on board.
On Spitsbergen and at Camp Morton at the time were Ernest Mansfield (prospector, Goldhanger, Essex), Rev Frederick Gardner (parson and prospector, Goldhanger, Essex), Charles Mann (Goldhanger, Essex), George Alexander (Little Totham, Essex), and 13 or 14 Norwegian workers.
The coal mine at Camp Morton was being opened up in 1906, that why it looks like it's at the surface (referring to a photograph of surface digging). Mind, they never got particularly deep.It was later taken over by the Northern Exploration Company, but work had totally stopped by the mid-1920s.
Can anyone add anything to this?
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