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Malcolm Lewis
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According to Nelson’s instructions issued to his fleet in 1805 flagships were to be painted four times per annum, the other rated ships three times annually (HMS Victory-Owners’ Workshop Manual page 108 – Peter Goodwin). Is it known whether old paint was removed before a new coat was applied?
A coat of paint must have added considerably to the weight of the ship and Victory was already some nine inches lower in the water than designed when launched.
Generally speaking hardwood such as oak does not accept paint well. Is this the reason for the frequency of painting?