Reply To: Invention of Davits for Ships' Boats
Peter Goodwin has quarter davits being introduced in the Royal Navy from the 1790s, and transom davits from 1800.
John Harland mentions that quarter davits were a feature of the Greenland Whaling ships from the early 1600s & says that it is surprising that this feature came so late to men-of-war.
Goodwin. P., The construction & fitting of the Sailing Man of War (London, 1992), pp.213-14
Harland. J., Seamanship in the age of Sail (London, 1987), pp. 284-85