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Request for Standardization of Dimensions for Masts, Yards, & Other Ships' Components

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Date January 25, 1796
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Joshua Humphreys (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Discusses the masting of the frigates currently under construction, recommends that the building superintendent of each ship be allowed to judge for themselves the construction of the masts and yards. Asks Humphreys' opinion on these matters, and asks for a standardized set of measurements for the masts, yards, bowsprits, mast heads, and yardarms.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Joshua Humphreys; Timothy Pickering; naval constructor; Captain; Constructor; Captain Barry; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; War Office; Naval Office; ;
Keywords circular; frigates; abilities; skill; masting; classes of ships; ships of war; masts; yards; spar; height; diameter; bowsprit; mast heads; yard arms; ;
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Timy Pickering
Jany 25--1796
[undeciperable] [undecipherable]
War department
Mr Joshua Humphreys
Naval Constructor
War Office January 25, 1796
The Masting the Frigates now building having been submitted to several Gentlemen of considerable Abilities and reputed skill in Naval Affairs for their opinions as to the best proportions for masting the two Clafses [Classes] of Ships so as to answer all the purposes necessary for Ships of War but a diversity of opinions having arisen on the length of particular Masts and Yards I am induced [undecipherable] to propose that the Captain and Constructor of each Frigate shall have liberty to Mast and Spar their own Ships according to the best of their judgements--
You will therefore pay an immediate attention to this subject in which Capt.n Barry will Afsist [Assist] and the result of your united opinions you will sign, that it may be transmitted to this Office as soon as convenient specifying very minutely, the exact length and diameter of each Mast, Yard and Bowsprit also the length and size of Mast heads and Yard arms, that they may be recorded in This Office
I am with great regard
Sir y.r ob.t Serv.t [Sir your obedient Servant]
Timothy Pickering
Mr Joshua Humphreys
Naval Constructor