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Piece of stained sail canvas

AAA2245
Franklin relics

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Object ID AAA2245
Description A short piece of stained and creased sail canvas from the 1845 Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The canvas has been roughly cut along one edge while the opposite side is becoming frayed. It also has one selvage edge and a number of small pin holes with rust around them. 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, image number 5 - top left corner under two bottles and a Vesta case. The Descriptive Catalogue lists it under 'No. 5. Found in the Boat...piece of canvas' (page 21). The piece of canvas was previously thought to have been retrieved by Lt. Frederick Schwata's 1878-80 Expedition from the Northern Cairn, Cape Felix on 3rd July 1879. The provenance may have been confused by the fact it was formerly displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich in the Franklin Room, case 7, number 6 'Portion of a seaman's bag and portion of a sail from Cape Felix'.
Date made 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials canvas
Measurements Overall: 222 x 89 mm
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  • Piece of stained sail canvas (AAA2245)
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