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By vossyDecember 4, in Wood ship model kits. I've coppered a few hulls, but never the Bounty, so I'm not sure I can help with the specifics, since each hull will be different. The main thing to keep in mind, depending again on the hull, is that the coppering would have gone on in sections separated by "gore lines".

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By WindyFebruary 1, in History. The use of copper sheathing was first suggested in by Charles Perry, though it was rejected by the Navy Board on grounds of high cost and perceived maintenance difficulties. The first experiments with copper sheathing were made in the late s: the bottoms and sides of several ships' keels and false keels were sheathed with copper plates.

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This was the go-to anti-fouling treatment at the end of the 18th century and well into the 19th century, as copper was discovered to be toxic to marine growth. Ships and boats that spend most of their time in the water as opposed to leisure boats that are usually launched by trailer for the day, and hauled back out by sunset have to contend with tiny plants and animals attaching themselves to the hull beneath the waterline. For wooden vessels in seawater, some organisms—specifically the teredo worm, teredo navalis —will bore through the wood with such efficiency that the hull would soon be peppered with holes and tunnels.

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Since the passing of the clean air water act of was passed, Biodiversity in rivers such as the Hudson river has been able to come back in stronger numbers. Overall this is a good thing, but it also brought back organisms who get their nutrients by eating wood and that could do damage to wooden docks, peers, and unprotected wooden boats. Today when it comes to naval and merchant ships we do not have to worry about organisms eating away at our boats and potential doing damage that could put economic supplies and even people at risk.

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Copper sheathing is the practice of protecting the under-water hull of a ship or boat from the corrosive effects of salt water and biofouling through the use of copper plates affixed to the outside of the hull. It was pioneered and developed by the Royal Navy during the 18th century. In antiquity, ancient Greeks used lead plates to protect the under-water hull.

Rum Vodka. Results quickly confirmed that cladding the bottom of their ships with copper was the most effective way to preserve the wooden ships. The copper helped prevent barnacles from attaching and allowed the navy to stay at sea for much longer without the need for cleaning and repairs to the hull.

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Davy was asked in January by the Admiralty to find a way to prevent the corrosion occurring on the copper bottoms of ships. It was of the utmost importance to ascertain the cause, and to discover the remedy of this acknowledged evil. At one time it was thought the copper was more liable to be acted upon by the salt water on account of its mixture with other metals. It was accordingly purified from alloy; but it was not rendered more durable.

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Launched at Sheerness in with her white Mediterranean livery and elegant clipper bow, she was the epitome of the colonial gunboat. A particular feature of the model is the inclusion of a static representation of the 2-cylinder compound steam engine with its three cylindrical boilers. Exquisitely detailed, with even the bunkered coal beautifully modelled, all the machinery is made visible by means of the removable deck.

John Cabot c. The process of protecting the hull of a wooden ship with thin sheets of copper. It prevents the teredo worm eating into the planks, and inhibits seaweed and barnacles from building up on the ship's bottom so as to improve the ship's performance at sea. John Cabot's son Sebastian, who in saw a Spanish ship sheathed in lead, may have brought back the idea of using lead to England, and certainly a number of English ships were clad underwater with lead in the s.

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