Piece of sail cloth

A fragment of sailcloth from a larger piece marked 'Terror'. The sailcloth was from on board the converted bomb vessel HMS Terror (1813), part of the 1845 Franklin Northwest Passage Expedition, and possibly found at Cape Riley on 25 August 1850.

An accompanying late 19th century label states that it was '... found at Cape Riley - the winter quarters of Sir John Franklin'. This cape is near Beechey Island. The Illustrated London News for 4 October 1851 reports that the sailcloth was found by William Penny's 1850-1851 search expedition in the brigs 'Lady Franklin' and 'Sophia'. Penny's party visited Cape Riley on 25 August 1850, although Captain Ommanney of HMS Assistance had visted the site on 23 August and had originally located the finds there, removing some of them. Therefore this item could have been removed then. The illustration on page 409 of the ILN shows a much larger piece of sailcloth.

The item was formerly in the collections of the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Franklin Room, case 3, number 36 'Scrap of sail cloth from a piece marked "Terror"'.

Object Details

ID: AAA2037
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Sailcloth
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Penny, 1850-1851
Vessels: Terror (1813); Lady Franklin 1850 Sophia fl.1850 (HMS)
Date made: Before 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 138 x 70 mm

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