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Boarding Axe
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Boarding Axe

Catalog #: 1980.0399.0323    Accession #: 1980.0399
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8.5" H x 22.5" W x 1.5" D

Physical Description

Forged steel bade on wooden handle.

General History

The compact boarding axe was an effective weapon in close combat. While it was an effective weapon 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.


Keywords

Country: United States
Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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