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Sam Willis
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    I think that one of the most important points about coppering that is so often ignored is that ships in a fleet could have both good and bad copper – which affected their performance in different ways. It is therefore unhelpful just to compare coppered fleets with uncoppered. The American Revolution offers the most frequent examples of this, particularly when British ships with old copper in the West Indies came up against uncoppered – but fresh – ships from France, and found that the French ships completely outsailed them.