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 Cutlass / Sword Exercise 
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From Hugh Clapperton's obituary in the June 1828 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine:

"Previous to 1813, our sailors, in boarding, used the cutlass after any fashion they pleased, and were trained to no particular method in the management of that formidable weapon. It was suggested, however, that this was a defect, and, with the view of repairing it, Clapperton and a few other clever midshipmen, were ordered to repair to Portsmouth Dock-yard, to be instructed by the celebrated swordsman Angelo, in what was called the improved cutlass exercise. When taught themselves, they were distributed as teachers over the fleet, and our countryman's class-room was the deck of the Asia, 74—the flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, since engaged at Navarino. ...Officers as well as men received instruction from him in the cutlass exercise..."

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How about posting that link to the portrait of Clapperton that I know you have tucked up your sleeve, eh? ;)

...and, thinking about it, how about a portrait thread?

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Post Re: Cutlass Exercise
From Marshall's bio of Joseph Needham Tayler:

"Captain Tayler has always been considered the first broad-swordsman in the naval service; and the very same exercise which he introduced in the Leopard, Maida, Spencer, Heroine, Goldfinch, and Sparrow, has since been adopted at the Horse Guards; but even there some superior cuts are not known, that he is able to shew."

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Post Re: Cutlass / Sword Exercise
susan wrote:
From Hugh Clapperton's obituary in the June 1828 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine:
"Previous to 1813, our sailors, in boarding, used the cutlass after any fashion they pleased, and were trained to no particular method in the management of that formidable weapon...


Were there any particular techniques or exercises for sword or cutlass at all, before 1800?

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Alison wrote:
Were there any particular techniques or exercises for sword or cutlass at all, before 1800?

I remember seeing a diagram illustrating cutlass techniques, but I can't remember what year it was from and where I saw it. Might have been in Lavery's Nelson's Navy?

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Yep, that was where I saw it too. 1814, though.

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