NOTE: This has been misattributed to McClintock's 1857-59 Expedition when it is likely to be from Frederick Schwatka's 1878-80 Expedition. The handkerchief is not represented in the Cheyne photographs, and the No. 27 label is part of a series of objects within Case 3 at the Naval Museum Greenwich for Schwatka's expedition. More research to be done.

A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A cotton neckerchief found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island, in May 1859 by the McClintock Search Expedition 1857-9. The handkerchied is cerise printed with black spots and white diamonds. It has an old paper number '27'.
McClintock's party reached this site on the 30 May and discovered that Hobson had been there a few days before on the 18th. The boat was 28 foot long and mounted on a heavy sledge. McClintock found it just above high tide mark pointing back in the direction of the ships and containing a large quantity of abandoned personal possessions and two skeletons. More handkerchiefs and many other items of clothing including boots were left on site by McClintock's party.
F. L. McClintock 'The voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas' p.366 'fragment of a silk handkerchief'. It is shown on - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieut. Cheyne RN at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 6.

Object Details

ID: AAA2160
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Neckerchief
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: circa 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 51 x 279 x 102 mm

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