A leather boot lace

A leather boot lace from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The leather lace has been coiled up into a loose roll.

The boot lace 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 'a leather bootlace'. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 366].

The leather boot lace was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 93. 'Boot lace'. 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 (centre, below pipe bowl).

Object Details

ID: AAA2209
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Bootlace
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 (measured rolled up): 90 mm

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