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New Testament

AAA2211
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2211
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A pocket New Testament in French found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. After employing French Canadians on his first overland expedition, Franklin expressed a wish to be able to conduct services in their own language. 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 Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials paper
Measurements 102 x 63 x 19 mm
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  • New Testament (AAA2211)
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