Franklin relics, Astronomical and navigational instruments, Optical equipment, Polar Equipment and Relics

The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object  

Please contact the Picture Library if you would like to use this record and image under licence.

Telescope lens

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2185
Description This lens in a brass mount is from a telescope and is either an eyepiece or one of the correcting lenses. It is a relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition, 1845-48, and was 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 the 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on 18 May. The boat they came across 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 two skeletons and a large number of personal possessions, including 'one of the glasses of a telescope'.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass; glass
Measurements 7 x 38 mm
  • Telescope lens (AAA2185)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge