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Book of Common Prayer

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2153
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. The cover of the Book of Common Prayer found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The black leather cover has the title 'COMMON PRAYER' in gilt on the cover. 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 leather; gilt
Measurements 19 x 108 x 90 mm
  • Book of Common Prayer (AAA2153)
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