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Shot charger

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2145
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A shot charger found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The item is a cylindrical container, oval in section with a hinged lid, made of brass. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before. The boat was 28 foot long and mounted on a heavy sledge. McClintock found it just above high tide mark pointing back in the direction of the ships and containing a large quantity of abandoned personal possessions and two skeletons. This is part of the equipment relating two the two shot guns found in the boat.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass
Measurements 82 x 19 x 15 mm
  • Shot charger (AAA2145)
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