Sir Robert Seppings and the Timber Problem

By J. J. Packard, published May 1978


Sir Robert Seppings rose from being a shipwright’s apprentice to Surveyor of the Navy, a post he held from 1813 until 1832.  He introduced a wide variety of improvements connected with shipbuilding, particularly to the diagonal method of ship construction and the round sterns and bows he had developed.  Seppings was also concerned with the acute shortage of shipbuilding timber available to the Navy and instigated experiments with different species of wood, their usage, seasoning and storage, prevention of decay and handling.  He bought an inquiring mind and a readiness for innovation to the dockyards and the Navy Board.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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