I would be grateful for any references regarding Naval yards supplying moulds for Navy Board contracts to private yards.
I believe a yard such as Adams at Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu did not have a mould loft and would have required moulds from a Royal dockyard to build ships of the line such as ‘Nelson’s favourite’ the Agamemnon.
Agamemnon was one of six ships of her class built in six different yards from Hull to Bristol.
In my research on private yards from 1793 to 1812 I have so far not come across any reference in correspondence or contracts to moulds being supplied by the King’s yards. I would be surprised if the large Thames yards did not have their own mould lofts, but have yet to see any mention.