Collecting localities



Biographical data


Carteret, Philip


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Died: 1796, Southampton, England.



Accompanied a South Pole Expedition under the guidance of Samuel Wallis, as commander of the ‘Swallow’ (with the other corvettes ‘Dolphin’ and ‘Prince Frederick’). His ship was outdistanced in the Straits of Magellan and he proceeded on his own, discovering several islands in the Pacific among which Pitcairn, besides, the canal of St George between New Britain and New Ireland. He hardly went ashore on account of the hostile attitude of the natives. He quitted the service as Rear-Admiral in 1794.

The genus Carteretia A.Rich. was named in his honour.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the ‘Swallow’, 1766-69.1 Departing from Plymouth (Aug. 22, 1766); via Straits of Magella(e)n to the Pacific Ocean; Bismarck Archipelago: along New Britain and Duke of York Island (Sept. 1767); New Ireland: Carteret Harbour (Sept. 7-8); Mindanao in the Philippines (Nov. 2-4); SW. Celebes: Makassar (Dec. 15-20), road of Bonthain (Dec. 21-May 21, 1768); Java: Batavia (June 3-Sept. 14), to P. Onrust (in the Bay of Batavia) (15), Prinseneiland (20); via the Cape of Good Hope etc.; St Helena; back at Spithead (March 18, 1769).






(1) His voyage is described by J. Hawkesworth in ‘Account of the voyages for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, etc. (1773). Compiler saw the French transl., Amsterdam and Rotterdam 1774.

J.A. van der Chijs: ‘Philip Carteret in Ned. Indië (1767-1768)’ (Tijdschr. Ind. Taal-, Land- en Volkenk. 34, 1891, p. 1-61) (study on documents concerning his voyage).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.