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Boarding Axe

Boarding Axe

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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
associated place
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
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
ID Number
collector/donor number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson
Naval History
Revolution and the New Nation
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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