A leather sailmaker's palm

A leather sail maker's palm from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The double leather is stitched around the edges with a hole for the thumb near the iron dimpled thimble sewn into the upper leather. The buckles are missing from the ends.

The sailmaker's palm 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 sailmaker's palm'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The palm was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 88. 'Sailmaker's palm'. The item is 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. 6 (top, right above the goggles).

Object Details

ID: AAA2166
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Sailmaker's palm
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: Overall: 45 x 138 x 105 mm

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