Tin tea or coffee canister.

A square tin tea or coffee canister from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The canister is made of lacquered tin, with a rectangular body and a round neck and a cap.

The canister is possibly the one found on 6 May 1859 by Lieutenant W. R. Hobson near a cairn about 3.5 to 4 miles north of Point Victory. He describes leaving 'an empty tea or coffee cannister [sic]' with stones piled around it. [Stenton, 'Arctic' v.69, No. 4, p. 515]. McClintock recorded that he 'brought away an empty tea or coffee canister' from the same place in late May/early June [McClintock, 'Voyage of the Fox' (1860), p.368].

The canister is marked in white paint with '(6) TEA CANISTER BROUGHT TO ENGLAND BY SIR F.L. McCLINTOCK. R.N. KNT. "FOX" EXPEDITION, 1859.' indicating that it was displayed in the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 11, No. 6 'Tea canister'. The item is also shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant J. Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 1.

Object Details

ID: AAA2131
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Tea canister
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, McClintock, 1857-1859
Vessels: Fox (1855)
Date made: Before 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: 255 x 175 x 110 mm

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