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Pocket water flask

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2168
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pocket water flask found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The flask is made of iron sheet, tinned and soldered. It has a slightly flattened shape to fit in a pocket and is roughly made with a joint at the back. 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 before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials iron; tin
Measurements 152 x 108 x 47 mm
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