The Abram: 50 Years at Sea


This exhibition has ended

07/06/2018 – 09/09/2018

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An exhibition, based on the book The West Indies and the Arctic in the Age of Sail: the voyages of Abram (1806-62), by Rob David and Michael Winstanley with Margaret Bainbridge, detailing the eventful service of Abram, a merchant vessel built in Lancaster in 1805.  

 

The ship sailed to the West Indies 21 times up to 1818, at which point the vessel was converted to a whaler and given a new lease of life. Abram sailed from Hull and Kirkcaldy for 44 years, surviving being trapped in Arctic ice, as well as being involved in the search for the explorer John Franklin. The ship was finally destroyed, crushed by ice, in Melville Bay in 1862. 

 

The exhibition, produced in partnership with the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University, toured to various locations associated with the vessel, including Shetland and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, thanks to a legacy from Dr Margaret Bainbridge. 

 

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The West Indies and the Arctic in the Age of Sail: the voyages of Abram (1806-62), by Rob David and Michael Winstanley with Margaret Bainbridge.


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