Gun Tackle


SCW541, 961, 962 & 963 combine together to form an elliptical block with two sheaves side by side in the same plane with an approximate shell length of 260mm. These are similar to the most common double sheave block found on the Vasa however the Swash block does not have chamfered edges.

One possible interpretation for this block is that of the gun tackle, these would have been pared with a similar sized single block such as SCW806 and arranged to with haul the gun out to the gunport or back inside the ship. Its found position on the wreck found near to the muzzle the large gun SCW25 also aids this interpretation.