A short section of barrel hoop with rivet/bolt

A piece of wrought-iron plate with a bolt/rivet through at one edge from the 1845 British Northwest Passage Expedition led by Sir John Franklin. The iron is possibly from a barrel hoop.

It found with other scraps of metal on the east side of Montreal Island by Carl Petersen, Interpreter, from Captain F. L. McClintock's sledge team on 15 May 1859, as part of the search expedition led by McClintock. McClintock records that the only traces or relics of Europeans found at the east side beside an Inuit inukshuk (cairn) were 'A piece of preserved meat tin, two pieces of iron hoop, some scraps of copper, and an iron hoop bolt', having been moved there by Inuit. [McClintock, Voyage of the Fox (1859), page 267].

The iron pieces were displayed at the Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich, Case 2, No. 39. 'Pieces of iron and copper sheet'. 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. 3 (top right).

Object Details

ID: AAA2087.1
Type: Barrel Hoop [part]
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1845
People: Franklin, John; McClintock, Francis Leopold
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: overall: 225 x 63 x 4 mm
Parts: Three pieces of iron plate. (Barrel hoop fragments)

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