Record case

A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-8. A narrow cylinder with a cap made of iron plate, tinned and soldered. This item is shown in the 'Illustrated London News' October 15 p.363. It is one of the two tins containing records recovered by the McClintock Expedition, both records were found by W.R. Hobson. A party led by Graham Gore deposited the records in May 1847 - one was placed at Back Bay and one near Point Victory, with the original message that Sir John Franklin was in command and all was well. The record at Point Victory was moved and amended when the ships were abandoned the following year. It was found in a case that was split at the corner.

This case is now believed to be the one from Victory Point that relates to the amended message (see catalogue ref HSR/C/9/1). When the rust stains are matched, the roll is 20mm wide reflecting the diameter of the case.

The case was assumed to have been the Back Bay record tin containing an unaltered version of the message. F.L. McClintock's 'The Voyage of the Fox in Arctic Seas' p. 368 'Found in a small cairn on the south side of Back Bay :- A tin record case and record'. However, this is in the Scott Polar Research Institute [correspondence between J Michell & Charlotte Connelly, SPRI Museum Curator, October 2016].

Object Details

ID: AAA2344
Collection: Polar Equipment and Relics
Type: Record tin
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, McClintock, 1857-1859; Arctic Exploration: Franklin's Last Expedition, 1845-1848
Date made: Before 1845
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 239 mm x 20 mm
Parts: Record case

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