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Pocket chronometer

Polar Equipment and Relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2202
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. The remains of a pocket chronometer in a silver case with an enamelled dial. It was found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-9. The glass and hands are missing. It was issued to HMS Erebus in 1845. Inscribed 'No 2020 Arnold Jn R. Arnold, London Invt et Fecit'. McClintock's party reached this site on the 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on the 18th. 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. F. L. McClintock 'The voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas' p.297. The chronometer is shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieut. Cheyne RN at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 8. The item was formerly exhibited at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Franklin Room, case 17, numbers 7 and 11.
Date made

Artist/Maker Arnold, John Roger
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials silver; coating: enamel
Measurements Overall: 81 x 58 x 23 mm
  • Pocket chronometer (AAA2202)
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