Cherry wood pipe stem

Part of a cherry wood pipe stem from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The stem is made from a thin tree branch with the bark still attached. One end has been carved to a tapered finish. The hollowed out stem is blocked.

The wooden pipe stem 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 'part of a cherry-stick pipe stem'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The case was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 65. 'Pipe stem'. 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, left of centre with a handwritten label 'Pipe Stem (Cherry Tree)').

Object Details

ID: AAA2176
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Pipe stem
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: 130 x 16 mm

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