Hogging or ‘Breaking’ of Frame-Built Wooden Ships: a Field for Investigation?

By J. F. Coates, published November 1985


A forgotten area of research has been the history of technical development of ships. This paper investigates the structural procedure of frame-build wooden ships, a procedure which lasted over 300 years. Structural failures of frame-built ships have caused hogging or breaking. The strength related terms may also refer to semi-permanent bend in the keel especially in wooden-ships or to the ships’ hull’s strength when it curves upwards in the middle and that may cause the hull to break. The author is raising questions and suggests further research from both the economic and technical perspective.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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