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Folding rule

Franklin relics

Object details:

Object ID AAA2225
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A folding rule found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2 June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. A wooden carpenter's rule with a brass centre hinge and steel reinforcements at the ends. It is held together when shut by two steel pins. 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 steel; wood; brass
Measurements 3 x 316 x 102 mm
  • Folding rule (AAA2225)
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