Limestone hone

A limestone hone (for sharpening tools) found at Beechey Island. The hone is a rectangular flat stone, the upper surface partially polished. The top has 'LIMESTONE USED AS A HONE FOUND AT BEECHEY ISLAND (13)' in white paint on it, recording its display in the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, where it was exhibited in the Franklin Room, Case 11, Number 13.

Captain E. A. Inglefield's expedition stopped at the island on his return from surveying in the Polar Basin and delivering mail and provisions to the depot ship 'North Star', which served as a base for the 1852-54 Belcher Expedition. According to his subsequent publication 'A Summer Search for Sir John Franklin' he reached the island on 7 September 1852 and remained there for twelve hours. There they 'picked up some of the meat canisters with which the island is strewed, and made a collection of some of the relics of canvas and wood which were still found scattered here and there...' (page 86).

Object Details

ID: AAA2029
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Hone
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Inglefield, 1852
Vessels: Isabel fl.1850
Date made: 1845-1846; 1845-46
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 185 x 190 x 48 mm

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