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Malcolm Lewis

I am grateful to Rod Furr and Ron Wilkinson for their recommendations for the books by Peter Goodwin and Dodds & Moore, re
the building of wooden fighting ships. The latter’s book was especially helpful in appreciating how ships were actually assembled.

I am interested in understanding why the uncovered waist existed as part of ship design for so long. <br.<br.According to Goodwin, gangways were
introduced in 1744 and gradually widened. In 1832, Surveyor Symonds authorised the complete closure of the waist. Victory has an open waist.

Malcolm Lewis