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Barnacle taken from hull of an Indiaman

AAB0222
Green Blackwall collection

Object connections:

Collection Green Blackwall collection, Miscellaneous Antiquities, Special collections
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Re┬ĚThink Migration by marre986
Textiles: supplying cloth to the world by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Green

Object details:

Object ID AAB0222
Description A single barnacle taken from the hull of an Indiaman with smaller ones growing on it, composed of organic nacre. The accretion of barnacles and weed growth, which coppering reduced but did not prevent, could severely affect the perfomance of sailing ships. The date of this one is not known but it is presumably from the 19th century and was perhaps kept as an unusually striking example.
Date made probably 19th century

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Green Blackwall Collection
Materials nacre
Measurements Overall: 110 x 110 x 80 mm
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  • Barnacle taken from hull of an Indiaman (AAB0222)
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