Reply To: The painting of blocks in the Royal Navy.
Thanks for your reply Mr Lewis, very informative.
I am still unsure that the navy, or anyone would leave their blocks un-treated. My understanding of elm, as you quite rightly pointed out was used, is that it is susceptible to rot unless kept in a stable condition, i.e. submerged constantly. I suspect Elm was used due to its availability and workability; it has an interlocking grain that lends itself to milling and turning.it seems that with everything else being maintained, to leave the crucial blocks un-cared for would be odd. Does anyone know of any museum examples or analysis of archaeology that would shed light on this subject? Or perhaps paintings or pictures of ships?