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 Trophies of War 
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Though, strictly speaking, the following is not a naval trophy of war, I wondered what naval trophies have been recorded. Does anyone know of any?

The Times, September 3rd, 1804:

" ... The sailors of the Royal George Indiaman, at Deptford, have preserved a 42 lb. shot, fired on board from Linois' ship; it is now slung as a trophy between decks. ....."

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Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:47 am
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I would think that Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom's "Bar Shot Sundial" would count as a trophy of war.

As Capt Moorsom, he commanded the REVENGE at Trafalgar, and his ship was severely damaged. One large bar shot entered the lower deck, damaging a 32 pdr and killing a midshipman and one entire gun crew. It finally lodged in the ship's timbers, from where it was retrieved when the REVENGE was docked for repairs. Moorsom kept it and had it mounted vertically on a stone plinth to support a sundial at his home at Airy Hill, near Whitby.

There is a photograph of the sundial, and a description of the damage done by the bar shot, in a booklet by Monica Ventress: "Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom 1760-1835". Published by Whitby Lit & Phil Society 1998. The booklet states that the bar shot sundial was taken into the collection of the Whitby Museum.


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