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New Testament

AAA2152
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2152
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A fragment of a New Testament found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. Only the cardboard from the cover and the first few pages remain. 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. Two loaded shotguns were also found in the boat.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials cardboard; paper
Measurements 15 x 135 x 80 mm
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  • New Testament (AAA2152)
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