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Three pieces of iron plate.

AAA2087
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2087
Description Three pieces of iron from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The pieces are a thick length of iron plate with a bolt through it, a riveted thick piece of iron, and two small pieces of iron plate riveted together. These iron pieces were found with other scraps of metal on the east side of Montreal Island by Carl Petersen, Interpreter, from Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 15 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock. McClintock records that the only traces or relics of Europeans found at the east side beside an Inuit inukshuk (cairn) were 'A piece of preserved meat tin, two pieces of iron hoop, some scraps of copper, and an iron hoop bolt', having been moved there by Inuit. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 267]. The iron pieces were displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 39. 'Pieces of iron and copper sheet'. One of the item is shown in - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 3 (top right).
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials iron
Measurements Overall: 12 mm x 63 mm x 228 mm
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