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Frank Scott
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    The whole issue of replicas & how craft were designed, constructed & operated in the past is very difficult & requires us to ‘unlearn’ many preconceptions – particularly the belief that our way of doing things is manifestly superior to anything done in the past. Even when we have dimensions, it can well turn out that these were not done in the manner to which we are accustomed. Measurement of beam being a particular issue. So much was done ‘by eye’ and to the whim of the builder that the idea of ‘rules’ is faintly ridiculous. Modern sailors & designers try as hard as they can, but getting into the mindset of our ancestors is far from easy.

    Some books that you may find useful are:
    Greenhill & Unger (eds.) Cogs, Caravels & Galleons: The sailing ship 1000-1650 (London, 1994)
    Greenhill & Manning, The Evolution of the Wooden Ship (Oxford, 1988)
    Bennett. J. (ed.), Sailing into the past: Learning from replica ships (Barnsley, 2009)