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Dip circle

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2223
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A brass dip circle with an iron needle and silver vertical scale by Robinson, 38 Devonshire Street, Portland Place, London. It is fitted with two microscopes (one missing). The instrument is used for measuring magnetic dip. It was found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2nd June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. 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 circa 1840

Artist/Maker Robinson, Thomas Charles
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass; silver; iron
Measurements Overall: 286 x 216 x 216 mm
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