British sailors practice with naval cutlasses…
by J. Christoph Amberger
This stereoscopic photograph depicts sailors of the H.M.S. Niobe during their onboard cutlass practice. The tile indicates that this image was taken in 1900 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The cutlass drill of the Royal Navy was originally developed by Henry Angelo in 1817 during the blockade of the River Schelde. It is based on his father’s 1798 Highland Broadsword system, which in itself was derived from traditional English cut fencing traditions.