Wooden Fronts to Merchant Ships’ Bridges

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    Eric S
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    Many cargo vessels and tankers built as late as the 1950s had wooden fronts to their bridges, even though the rest of their superstructures were steel. (The Everard tanker shown in the attached file an example.) Why was this so? Was the wooden front at these late dates merely a design feature, an echo of past practice, perhaps, or were there practical reasons? All comments are welcome.

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    Frank Scott
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    I happen to have the spec for SS Manchester City (1937), and her charthouse & wheelhouse were steel, but lined with pine for insulation. Since Everard were famously tight, I suspect that they had steel frame covered with wood to save cost, but achieve roughly the same result.

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