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Pair of leather and wire gauze snow goggles

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2163
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pair of snow goggles found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. They are made from leather with the eyes screened with wire gauze and were possibly made on board ship. They would have been tied on. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on 18 May. 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 1847

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials leather (cattle); metal
Measurements Overall: 63 x 102 x 20 mm
  • Pair of leather and wire gauze snow goggles (AAA2163)
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