Candle lantern

The steerage compartments where most migrants spent their time at sea had limited space and dim lighting. This lantern was produced by Price’s Patent Candle Company in July 1854. The lantern is an octagonal shape with a pierced lid and hinged top and base; there is a cone-shaped section inside. A hinged clasp on the lid is fitted with a slot for a padlock which prevented the passengers from handling naked lights and thereby improved safety and shipboard conditions for migrants.

Object Details

ID: EQA0266
Collection: Ship equipment; Machinery and fittings
Type: Candle lantern
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Price's Patent Candle Co Ltd
Date made: circa 1880
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Exploration and Cultural Encounters
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 545 mm x 240 mm x 205 mm
Parts: Candle lantern

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