The stove tray from a portable cooking stove.

A portable cooking tray from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The deep tray has a reinforced rim and may have originally been a wash basin.

The cooking apparatus was found by Lieutenant William R. Hobson's sledge team on 3 May 1859 at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island, as part of the search expedition led by Captain F. L. McClintock. Hobson described it as '...a small copper stove, apparently ship made,..' [Stenton, 'Arctic' v.69, No. 4, p. 515]. McClintock recorded it as 'a small, roughly made copper apparatus for cooking' [McClintock, 'Voyage of the Fox' (1860), p.367].

The tray is marked with white paint on the front 'COOKING APPARATUS (1)' indicating that it was displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, in Case 11, No. 1 'Portable cooking apparatus'. 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. 1.

Object Details

ID: AAA2127.3
Type: Stove
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Events: Arctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Schwatka, 1878-1880
Date made: 1847
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: 150 x 345 x 295 mm
Parts: Portable cooking apparatus - stove and tray (Stove)

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