Part of a woollen stocking.

Part of a woollen stocking, knitted in stocking stitch. About two-thirds of the garment is bluish-grey, and top third is off-white. A seam runs down the side. It was found on Beechey Island, the site of Sir John Franklin's 1845 Northwest Passage Expedition's first winter camp. The stocking was presented to the Royal Naval Museum by Mrs Austen Lefroy in 1892 and displayed in the Franklin Room, Case 4, Item Number 12.

Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, was on the US search ship 'Advance; and recorded that near the observatory on Beechey Island he found a number of relics '...Among them I saw a stocking without a foot, sewed up at its edge, a mitten not so much the worse for wear for use as to have been without value by its owner...' [Kane, The United States Grinnell Expedition, page 164].

Mrs [George Benjamin] Austen Lefroy was born Emma Cracroft and was the niece of Sir John Franklin through his sister Isabella, who had married Thomas Cracroft. She was a younger sister to Sophia Cracroft who became the companion and assistant to Jane, Lady Franklin. The date of the donation coincides with Sophia's death aged 76 on 20 June 1892.

Object Details

ID: AAA2269
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Stocking
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848
Date made: circa 1845
People: Cracroft, Emma
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 292 x 115 mm

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