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Malcolm Lewis
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    Additional note for interest
    Re Quality Control
    A senior shipwright in the Royal yard was employed to check that new supplies of timber were correct for quality and to specification. He was referred to as the “timber taster”.
    The Baltic timber yards also employed inspectors who graded the timber and marked it individually with its grade and its port of origin. These were called brackers. Their integrity was well recognised by the Navy. Even so the Navy also appointed its own agents to check on the local brackers to ensure there was no evidence of bribery. (Bracker – An official inspector of goods in ports on the Baltic. The Century Dictionary)
    Much of the timber was processed in the many water powered sawmills situated on the rivers carrying the logs from the forests to the Baltic ports. It was more economic to ship it planked.
    References; Building the Wooden Fighting Ship – James Dodds and James Moore 1984