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Marline Spike - Clipper Ship Lightning, 1850s Object Reg. No: ST 032905

Marline spike used for preparing rope for a splice.
Made from a portion of the hull of the clipper ship 'Lightning'. This vessel was operated by the Black Ball Line, and carried emigrants to Australia during the mid 1800s. In 1869 the ship was destroyed by fire at Geelong, Victoria.
Constructed from a rod of wood, circular at one end, tapering to a point at the other end. The thicker end has a hole horizontally through the rod. Spike has a varnish coating.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr R. Ramsay, 1954
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2.00 cm (Width), 20.40 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: shipping lines, knots splicing equipment, marline spikes
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Vessels
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Date Used: 1850-1869

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