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Polar Equipment and Relics

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Object ID AAA2495
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A silver fiddle-pattern table spoon owned by Frederick J. Hornby ('HMS Terror'). Found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-9. The spoon has the monogram 'FJH' on the front of the handle. It has Exeter hallmarks and the date code for 1833. The maker's initials are 'I. L'. McClintock's party reached this site on the 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on the 18th. 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. Frederick John Hornby passed his examination for promotion to Lieutenant in March 1841. He served in 'Belleisle', 'Vindictive', 'Magnificent' and 'Formidable' before being appointed Mate in 'Terror' during Sir John Franklin's last expedition in 1845. He was promoted to Lieutenant two years after his departure.
Date made 1833

Artist/Maker I L
Place made Exeter
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: 25 x 216 x 44 mm
  • Spoon (AAA2495)
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