Empty soup tin

A soup tin, possibly supplied by the contractor Stephen Goldner to the 1845 Franklin Northwest Passage Expedition, found at Beechey Island in September 1852. The tin has been opened at one end with a hammer and chisel. It is made of sheets of wrought iron, tinned and soldered together. The exterior surface is painted red. The number '(10)' is painted on the outside, recording its display in the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, where it was exhibited in the Franklin Room, Case 11, Number 10.

Captain E. A. Inglefield's expedition stopped at Beechey 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: AAA2034
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Tin
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Goldner, Stephen
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Inglefield, 1852
Vessels: Isabel fl.1850
Date made: 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 114 x 76 mm

Your Request

If an item is shown as “offsite”, please allow eight days for your order to be processed. For further information, please contact Archive staff:

Tel: (during Library opening hours)

Click “Continue” below to continue processing your order with the Library team.