The Longevity of Wooden Warships: the Great Lakes Example

By Robert Malcomson, published November 2003


Late in the 18th century the lives of such ships was short, in all probability owing to the use of unseasoned timber in their construction and to poor laying up practices during the severe winters. Oak, pine and cedar were the preferred timbers used. Efforts to season timber such as by salting, application of paint, linseed oil, and coal tar, and even immersion, were made with varying results. Regular repair and overhaul helped to extend a vessel’s period in service.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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