The Finest Invention in the World: the Royal Navy’s Early Trials of Copper Sheathing, 1708-1770

By Randolph Cock, published November 2001

Abstract

For wooden vessels venturing into warmer waters it would not be until the advent of the steel hull that their nemesis ‘The Worm’ – Teredo Navalis – would be a thing of the past. In this article the author details early experiments by the Royal Navy to limit the worm’s destructive effects to a ship’s bottom by using copper, lead or brass sheathing.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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