Product images of Ship equipment; Bearing; Paddle gear
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Ship equipment; Bearing; Paddle gear
A bush and wedge paddle gear for HMS 'Energetic' (1902), a tug. The item is made from lignum vitae, cylindrical in shape, and is a dark brown colour. It is warn in several places and in particular there are two grooves down the side. There is a crack along the length, more noticeable on the inner face of the cylinder. A card with rounded corners has been fixed to the inner face of the cylinder, held in place by a bolt which also is used to fix the wedge to the outside face of the bush. The card has a hand written inscription that reads 'Lignum Vitae Bush and Wedge from Feathering Paddle Gear HM Paddle-Tug Energetic 1902-1953'. There is an accompanying letter and two diagrams with the model.
Original size: 150 mm x 122 mm
- Image reference: L2237
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London