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Malcolm Lewis
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    Thanks for the useful references. From what I can assess European beech is unstable and even over a short period would have been a problem for the underwater planking. Elm which is of a lower density than beech however performs well when immersed in seawater. It is interesting therefore that beech, even as a low percentage of the total planking, was used in times of oak shortage for planking below the waterline. This must have led to maintenance problems and the need for frequent dry-docking.