Hand-made awl, UA Museum of the North 2015-237-199

This awl fashioned from a piece of ship’s copper sheathing would have been of crucial importance during the winter of 1813 as many of survivors came ashore naked and suffered from exposure. Materials for expedient clothing manufacture were probably available for salvage. Just months after the wreck Baranov’s relief parties observed great quantities of cloth along the shoreline:
“There was on the Neva a lot of sailcloth and Flemish cloth which was also washed ashore; but one must suppose that the waves beat it against the rocks because not one piece was whole; it was all as if cut up with knives (Shalkop 1979:42).”