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Port-fire

AAA2150
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2150
Description Relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Part of a port-fire (device for firing rockets) found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. 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.
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials paper; gunpowder
Measurements Overall: 35 x 132 x 27 mm
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  • Port-fire (AAA2150)
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