Iron Ballast for the Georgian Navy and its Producers

By P.W. King, published February 1995


Ballasting is an essential aspect of the preparation of any ship for sea, but it has attracted very little attention.  In the Royal Navy, iron, with its greater density, was preferred to stone or shingle.  This article explores the development of ballasting of warships in the eighteenth century and the contracts that were made to supply that essential commodity.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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