A fishing (or snooding) line wound onto a leather holder

A long length of fishing (or snooding) line wound around a leather holder from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin.

The fishing line 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 'a snooding line rolled up on a piece of leather'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The line was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 90. 'Snooding line'. The item is also 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 of centre with a handwritten label 'Snooding line').

Object Details

ID: AAA2165
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Fishing line
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: 76 x 51 x 38 mm

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