Original British Naval Grog Bucket from H.M.S. Majestic Dated 1798
Original Item: Only One Available. This is item Number 5 from the 8 piece marine collection IMA purchased in 2011 in England originating from a museum closure in 2003.
This, presumably oak, bucket or pail measures 10 inches tall to rim and fourteen inches tall to the tops of the rope handle staves. It is eleven inches wide at the rim and twelve wide at the top of the rope handle staves. Its purpose is stated on one of the two plaques attached, one to either side of the Bucket. The smaller polished brass plaque states:
" Grog bucket H.M.S.MAJESTIC.
Broken up April 1816
This reference on the final line we assume was a museum reference indicating details of the items acquisition.
Grog was watered down rum, issued to all seamen in the British Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Grog was almost always issued just before battle and was carried in the aptly named "Grog Bucket" from man to man at their battle stations. A little Dutch Courage" perhaps was not such a bad thing.
This bucket has three brass hoops and has two elongated staves through which a hole has been made on either side of the bucket body. Through these two holes a pitch covered rope carry handle, knotted on each end, has been fitted.
On the opposite side from the small brass plaque is a larger polished Silver plaque, measuring 2.5 inches wide by 1.25 inches tall engraved:
"Good men of the MAJESTIC
In remembrance of
Your toast shall be
God Bless KING GEORGE
ADMIRAL NELSON and brave
CAPTAIN WESTCOTT. 1798"
Simple Internet research on tells us that H.M.S. MAJESTIC a 74 Gun third-rate ship of the line launched in 1785 at Deptford, England fought at ABOUKIR BAY, known as "THE BATTLE OF THE NILE" under the command of Captain GEORGE BLAGDON WESTCOTT who was killed in during the action.
H.M.S. MAJESTIC went onto to an action packed career but was finally broken up after becoming stranded in 1816, the Napoleonic Wars having finally ended.
The Grog Bucket is in fine shape for its age but the staves have become dried out and are slightly lose. Nevertheless this is clearly an incredibly old wooden bucket with rope handle that appears to have had an enviable British Naval history. Not the most expensive item from this small Marine Collection, this is, however, our favorite as it sings of romance.
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