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Sea boot

AAA2296
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Object ID AAA2296
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A sea boot found at Starvation Cove, Adelaide Peninsula by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-9. The boot has a square toe and a rounded top to the leg shaped to fit the calf. The garment is marked in white paint '(10)' SEA BOOT FROM STARVATION COVE'. It was found by Joseph Ebierbing. Heinrich Klutschak 'Overland to Starvation Cove'. p 110 'Eskimo Joe more than fulfilled his duty in this area; he had visited Starvation Cove within his first month on the island... shoes, boots, pieces of uniform and buttons were still lying around.' This was the farthest point that the main body of Franklin's expedition reached, having crossed from King William Island to the mainland. Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka detached a party of Inuit to hunt for themselves and search the mainland following up an account by a man called Ahkgekshewah that a boat and skeletons had been found on the northern coast of the Adelaide Peninsula. The item was formerly exhibited at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Franklin Room, case 7, number 10.
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials leather
Measurements Overall: 320x 300 x 100 mm
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