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Telescope tube

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AAA2227.2
Description A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A piece of a telescope found near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 2nd June 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-9. It has a lens at one end and screw threads at the other and corresponds to McClintock's description. 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. F. L. McClintock 'The voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas' p. 368 'The field glass and German silver top of a 2-foot telescope'. 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, number 1.
Date made Before 1845

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials nickel alloy; glass
Measurements overall: 115 mm x 50 mm
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