Fragments of scented soap

Four fragments of scented soap from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The fragments are from a much larger piece that was photographed in 1859.

The scented soap was found at the boat site in Erebus Bay by Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 30 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock The site had been visited and partially investigated by Lt. William Hobson on 24 May but his report does not list everything he saw or removed. McClintock records ’piece of scented soap'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The larger piece of soap from which these are fragments was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 83. 'Piece of soap'. The original item was shown in - 'Stereoscopic slides of the relics of Sir John Franklin's Expedition' photographed by Lieutenant Cheyne RN, at the United Services Museum, Whitehall, No. 5 (bottom, right, near corner).

Object Details

ID: AAA2162
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Scented soap
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: 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 40 x 40 x 10 mm

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