The Rebuilding of British Warships 1690 – 1740 Part II

By Brian Lavery, published May 1980

Abstract

The early eighteenth century saw a shift in British policy from the commissioning of new Navy vessels, to rebuilding the existing fleet. While suiting a conservative national mood, the policy presented practical difficulties by requiring the reshaping of older materials to meet modern design. Polite fictions also arose, such as the breaking up of older ships and storing of their timbers for “rebuilding” years afterward. The paper argues the mood for “rebuilding” policy encouraged innovation in naval design but was an inefficient use of dockyards and led to a less serviceable fleet.

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Filed under: Spanish Succession | Atlantic | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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