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Discussion of Frigate Timbers, Strength, Dimensions, & Performance

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox Papers view image
MicrofilmPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox Papers (no image)
Document Information
Date February 15, 1796
Author Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses cedar toptimbers re Frigates; discusses Frigate performance; describes strength of Frigates; describes dimensions of Frigate.
Document Format Typed Document
Document Notes The location this letter was written as well as the place in the collection, helped to determine the author. Cannot confirm author or recipient from image.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Josiah Fox; Joshua Humphreys; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; ;
Keywords cedar toptimbers; ships; two pieces; one piece; frigates; timbers; strength of a vessel when at sea; heavy seas; plank; ;
Key Phrases during a calm or heavy sea running she rolls without straining, which cannot be the case if her timbers are narrow; breadth of the surfaces of her timbers against her plank as well as the plank laying close to the timbers will lye a great part of her strength; larger her timbers are sided the greater will be the distance between the fenner and other fastening of her body on which lies the principal strain; after mature deliberation cannot coincide with his opinion of putting the cedar toptimbers into the ships in two pieces instead of one entire piece; considered the timbers composing the frames of both classes of frigates already too small; sided 2 inches less than was absolutely requisite according to my opinion for ships of such magnitude and capacity;

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