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Strip of barrel hoop with rivet at one end

Franklin relics

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Collection Franklin relics, Polar Equipment and Relics
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Franklin, John
Provenance: McClintock, Francis Leopold

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Object ID AAA2087.2
Description A strip of barrel hoop with a rivet at one end from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. It found with other scraps of metal on the east side of Montreal Island by Carl Petersen, Interpreter, from Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 15 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock. McClintock records that the only traces or relics of Europeans found at the east side beside an Inuit inukshuk (cairn) were 'A piece of preserved meat tin, two pieces of iron hoop, some scraps of copper, and an iron hoop bolt', having been moved there by Inuit. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 267]. The iron pieces were displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 39. 'Pieces of iron and copper sheet'. The item is possibly shown in - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 3 (bottom middle-right).
Date made circa 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials iron
Measurements overall: 135 x 43 mm
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