Hand Spike


Hand spikes are wooden leavers used to manoeuvre a gun and/or carriage into position (Blackmore, 1976). These are usually made from a strong wood such as ash or elm with a square head and a tapering round wood shaft similar to a capstan arm. It could be possible that the transom of the carriage contained a socket into which the square head would have fit to allow the gunners to traverse the cannon.