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Spindle

AAA2221
Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2221
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A copper spindle found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2 June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. The spindle is pointed at both ends. One end is square in section the other round with the remains of two attachments. The crews of 'Erebus' and 'Terror' landed just to the south of Point Victory after abandoning their ships. The expedition deposited a written record and abandoned many heavy and superfluous possessions including a four foot pile of unmarked clothes.
Date made Before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials copper
Measurements 310 x 10 mm
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  • Spindle (AAA2221)
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