Lancaster Maritime Museum has captured the fascinating and long story of a Lancaster-built ship.

The exhibition, which opened this month and runs until September 9th, tells the story of ‘Abram’ built in Lancaster in 1805, which had a long and eventful life.

For 12 years between 1806 and 1818, ‘Abram’ sailed to the Virgin Islands, a part of the Caribbean with which Lancaster merchants had a longstanding relationship.She was then converted into a whaler, sailing from Hull and Kirkcaldy for a remarkable 44 years.

During this time, she survived being trapped over winter in the Arctic ice and searched for the lost explorer, Sir John Franklin.

She was finally crushed by the ice in 1862.

The exhibition is supported by a legacy left to the RHC by the late Dr Margaret Bainbridge, whose research into the vessel formed the core part of a book on the subject (co-authored by Dr Mike Winstanley and Dr Rob David), and now an exhibition.

Director of the RHC Dr Fiona Edmonds said: “This exhibition will also travel to other destinations in Britain and the rest of the world, enabling us to bring this fascinating story from Lancaster’s history to a much wider audience.”


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