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Percussion caps

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2187
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Ninety-four brass percussion caps (Flanged type-79. Smith patent type-4. Small sporting type-11) and lead shot. They were found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. Part of the equipment relating to the two loaded guns found in the boat. 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 Smith
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass
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