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AAA4347
Polar Equipment and Relics

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Collection Polar Equipment and Relics
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Americas / Canada) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Greenwich Hospital Collection

Object details:

Object ID AAA4347
Description A balloon used by the Franklin search expeditions for distributing messages. Red and white paper enclosed in silk net. Rescue vessels loosed hydrogen-filled balloons carrying bundles of messages stitched to lengths of fast and slow burning fuses. As the lines burned through, they released the messages, scattering them over a wide area. It has been restored in two separate parts.
Date made 1852-3

Artist/Maker Shepherd, George
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials paper
Measurements Overall: 1150 mm x 1220 mm x 690 mm
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