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Pocket compass

AAA2208
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Object ID AAA2208
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A brass pocket compass found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-9. 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. 366 'two small brass pocket compasses’. It 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, number 5. The item was formerly exhibited at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Franklin Room, case 2, number 50.
Date made before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass; glass; steel
Measurements Overall: 13 x 57 mm
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  • Pocket compass (AAA2208)
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