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HMS Racehorse sounding lead

Date made: Built 1806

Description: Complete, but no perforation at flattened end so perhaps spare equipment. These were used to find out how deep the water underneath a vessel's hull was. It was lowered over the side on a marked rope (usually marked with fathoms) and when the lead hit the bottom, the amount of rope over the side could be measured and depth established.

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Measurements: 508 mm (length); 60 mm (diameter)

Materials: lead

Object name: sounding lead

Collection: Archaeology Collection

ID number: 1969-0065b/1

Subject tags : #HMSRACEHORSE


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