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Brass shot charger

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2145
Description A brass cylindrical short charger from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The charger is slightly oval in section and has a hinged lid. The shot charger was found at the boat site in Erebus Bay by Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 30 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock The site had been visited and partially investigated by Lt. William Hobson on 24 May but his report does not list everything he saw or removed. McClintock records ’a brass charger for holding two charges of shot'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 367]. The charger was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 77. 'Brass match-box'. The item is also 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. 5 (top centre).
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass
Measurements 82 x 19 x 15 mm
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