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Clay pipe fragment

Franklin relics

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Collection Franklin relics, Polar Equipment and Relics
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA2262.8
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A broken clay pipe found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-59. It is stained brown and has the maker's initial 'M' moulded on. McClintock's party reached this site on 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before. 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. The boat had been adapted for use in shallow water.
Date made Before 1845

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials clay
Measurements 50 x 20 x 60 mm
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