Post-war hemp shortage hits Victory

HMS Victory in 1947.
HMS Victory in 1947.
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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.