A balloon used by the Franklin search expeditions for distributing messages. Red and white paper enclosed in silk net. Rescue vessels loosed hydrogen-filled balloons carrying bundles of messages stitched to lengths of fast and slow burning fuses. As the lines burned through, they released the messages, scattering them over a wide area. It has been restored in two separate parts.

Object Details

ID: AAA4347
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Balloon
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Shepherd, George
Date made: 1852-1853; 1852-3
People: Greenwich Hospital Collection
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Overall: 1150 mm x 1220 mm x 690 mm
Parts: Balloon

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