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Oak chock

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2200
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. An oak chock found under an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. An inscription has been painted on the side by the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich. 'OAK CHOCK. (8) FOUND LASHED TO A SLEDGE ON THE WEST SHORE OF KING WILLIAM ISLAND, AND BROUGHT TO ENGLAND BY CAPTAIN SIR F. L. MCCLINTOCK R.N. KT 'FOX' EXPEDITION, 1859'. The 28-foot boat sat on a very heavy sledge 23-foot 4 inches long. Supporting chocks for the boat were lashed to the five cross bars of the sledge. McClintock calculated the weight of the boat and sledge at 1400 lbs ‘a heavy load for seven strong healthy men’.
Date made 1847-1848

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials oak
Measurements Overall: 95 x 218 x 102 mm
  • Oak chock (AAA2200)
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