Bowsprit

  • Present at Launch - No
  • Present at Trafalgar - No
  • Present Pre-1923 - No. Fitted 1936
  • Rarity - Some

By 1936 it was clear that the Victory’s bowsprit, which dated from 1859, was no longer structurally safe. Experts advised that ‘it would appear to have earned its discharge’ and recommended that it should be replaced by a steel tube.

A section of the removed 1859 bowsprit is exhibited in Storehouse 10, at the foot of the staircase leading to the Fore Topsail Gallery.