Sledge runner

A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A sledge runner made from a file obtained by the Hall Search Expedition 1864-69 from the Pelly Bay Inuit, 12 July 1866. A piece of iron flat on one side curved on the other with diagonal grooves across the surface.

An associated label reads: '(46) This file I took from the runner of a sledge that did belong to Kok-lee-arng-nŭn now mine. the file and a piece of galvanised iron rod having stamped upon it the broad arrow, were tacked on the runner to strengthen it, the frame having been broken. Both file and rod came from Ook-joo-lik where many white men starved to death. The file belonged to Koon-e-ou-uk son of Kok-lee-arng-nŭn and was used by him in manufacturing oo-koo-suks (stone kettles). Hall July 12/66. The sledge made of wood that was part of the Victory mast. Copy of the writing of Capt. C. F. Hall.'

Object Details

ID: AAA2236
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Sledge runner
Display location: Display - Polar Worlds Gallery
Creator: Kok-lee-arng-nŭn; Koon-e-ou-uk
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848; Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Hall, 1864-1869
Date made: 1845-8; 1845-66 12 Jul 1866
People: Hall, Charles Francis
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Measurements: Overall: 12 x 275 x 25 mm
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