This fascinating piece of equipment was used by a shipwright when building a timber vessel.
When constructing a timber boat it would be placed on 'chocks' in dry dock while the work was being completed. When it was time to float it this sizable hammer would be used to knock it off the chocks and into the water.
Big and heavy, the chiseled head is covered in dints and scrapes.
And the wooden handle has developed a lovely patina after years of use.
An amazing piece of maritime history.
Measures approx: 70cm x 24cm x 5cm