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The Arctic Seas

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

On tuesday 4 december 1883, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke about "The Arctic Seas" at the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Penny-street Lecture Hall (Portsmouth).


  • President/Chairman
    • Colonel A. W. Drayson, F.R.A.S., R.A.
  • Attendees
    • General C. D. Nugent
    • General J. W. Playfair, C.B., R.E.
    • General J. W. Cox, C.B.
    • General C. P. Catty
    • General W. Ramsay
    • Colonel J. Waddell Boyd
    • Colonel Brodigan
    • Major F. S. Terry
    • Captain T. Richey, R.A.
    • Rev. H. Dessart
    • Rev. Dr. G. Colborne
    • Rev. W. J. Staynes
    • Dr. C. F. Edwards
    • Dr. W. H. Axford, Fleet-Surgeon
    • Dr. G. Kell, R.N.
    • Dr. E. K. Knight
    • Dr. F. J. Driver
    • Dr. G. H. Smith
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle
    • Dr. B. Guillemard
    • Dr. Woods
    • Mr. J. M. Ollis, R.N.
    • Mr. J. Hay
    • Mr. B. Nicholson
    • Mr. G. Ollis
    • Mr. W. Read
    • Mr. J. A. Wilson, R.N.
    • Dental-Surgeon W. H. Kirton
    • Mr. T. Newell
    • Mr. G. Palmer
    • Mr. J. Watkins
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Mr. J. Abraham
    • Mr. A. Fyson
    • Mr. F. Wollaston
    • Mr. J. R. Constantine
    • Mr. C. Constantine
    • Mr. W. E. Atkins
    • Mr. H. Murrell
    • Mr. J. Muir
    • Mr. E. Byrne
    • Mr. C. Foran
    • Mr. M. Somers Gardner
    • Mr. H. Read
    • Mr. G. Dimmer
    • Mr. F. Fay
    • Mr. E. F. Burton
    • Mr. E. Charpentier
    • Mr. W. Pond
    • Mr. E. Bewley
    • Mr. J. Barmiston
    • Mr. F. Gough,
    • Mr. W. Seymour
    • Mr. J. Rockett
    • Mr. G. F. Bell
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins, Hon. Sec.
  • Elected members
    • Surgeon-General J. Lamprey, P.M.O.
    • Colonel J. Waddell Boyd
    • Dr. C. F. Edwards
  • Nominated for membership
    • Lieutenant-Colonel Brodigan
    • Dr. James Niel
    • Capt. T. Richey, R.A.

Conan Doyle lecture

His lecture included the following topics:

  • List of the remaining unexplored places on earth and the Arctic.
  • History of the expeditions in the Arctic.
  • Whale catching and other interesting items in connection with the Arctic seas.
  • The question of discovering the North Pole.
  • Answer to questions about coal fields in Greenland and Spitzbergen.

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