Boarding Axe

Description
Physical Description
Forged steel blade on wooden handle.
General History
The compact boarding axe was an effective weapon in close combat. While an effective in hand-to-hand combat, it was more effective as a tool. The boarding axe was used to clear the decks of lines and broken timbers. It was invaluable at removing hot shot which caused devastating fires on board ships. The hook of the axe was used to drag debris across the decks and over the side.
Object Name
axe
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 22 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 57.15 cm x 3.81 cm
associated place
United Kingdom: Great Britain
ID Number
1980.0399.0323
collector/donor number
M-0016
accession number
1980.0399
catalog number
1980.0399.0323
subject
Naval History
Military
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event
Revolution and the New Nation
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Naval
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Exhibition
Price of Freedom
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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