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Frank Scott
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    Not sure what you mean by ‘completely reliable’. As is the case with almost all ‘replicas’, Nonsuch is a best guess representation including some compromises to allow it to operate in the modern world (auxiliary engine, electric navigation lights) and some other anachronisms (such as sails that were produced on power looms resulting in much tighter & stronger cloth than that of 17th Century, and stitched together with another later innovation, flat seams).
    Laird Rankin, The Nonsuch (Toronto/Vancouver, 1974) makes it clear that every effort was made to research the design. However, in the words of one of those involved “In spite of having to write and answer hundreds of letters, we gained virtually no authentic gen on the Nonsuch except her dimensions”.