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Originally a sabre with a curved blade, but generally recognized to mean the short swords issued to seamen in sailing warships for use when boarding an enemy or for fighting ashore. They were carried on board major warships of many navies up to the beginning of the 20th century.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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