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Boarding Axe

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 11/30/2010

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.


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