Artwork : ArchiveNo00137

Elm Tree Pump 1759






Contributor Name HMS Victory
Contributor Image Peter_Goodwin_pic.jpg

Location Portsea
Collection Date 05.06.08 3.40pm
Artefact Name Elm Tree Pump
Artefact Description Hollow wooden trunk. 80 x 23cm with diamenter of 10cm. Made of Elm. Weathered and smooth. Light brown in colour with some holes in it.
Artefact Date 1759
Artefact Stored Orlop deck – mid-ship, HMS Victory
Artefact Form

Artefact Image elm_tree_pump.jpg
Sample Taken Chip and dust from inside and out
Sample Image

History of Artefact Installed in the ship between 1759 – 1765. It used to go through the bottom of the hull to supply water to wash the decks and to put out any fires. This is one of several pumps on the Victory.

‘Elm can be submerged in wood or mud and nothing would happen to it. They would hand-bore through the length of the tree to make large, long pumps.’
Historian - Peter Goodwin
Historian Peter Goodwin
Previous Owners None
Special Memories ‘Elm tree was on the top of the oak post used for the stern. A whole oak tree would have been used to make the stern post. Six thousand trees were used to make HMS Victory. The oak post was fitted into the ship in 1759 – the tree would have already been a hundred years old so it would have been alive from 1840 (at the latest)!’
Historian - Peter Goodwin
Artwork Image 00137_max_web.jpg



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