Post-war hemp shortage hits Victory

HMS Victory in 1947.

HMS Victory in 1947.

The picturesque cottages that once sat behind the original Coach and Horses pub at Hilsea, Portsmouth.

Quaint old farm cottages were behind Coach and Horses pub

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In 1946 HMS Victory was being re-rigged after the war.

The authorities were hoping to get the iconic ship back into her Trafalgar condition as soon as possible, but there was a problem with supply of Italian hemp for the rigging so especially-tarred sisal was used instead.

Sisal is a plant native to southern Mexico and yielding a stiff fibre and y used in the making of rope and twine.

Victory is being re-rigged again to bring her back to top condition.

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