Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

Discussion of Caulking and Frigate Timbers

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox (1763 - 1847) Letterbook Papers view image
Document Information
Date July 24, 1796
Author Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Joshua Humphreys (primary) Location: Southwark
Summary Describes the method of caulking ships used in the English dock yards, and discusses timber for frigates.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Joshua Humphreys; Josiah Fox; navy constructor; ;
Related Places Southwark; New York; English dock yard; ;
Keywords caulking; seams of the planks; plank; thick stuff; ship; trunnel; trunnill; natural elasticity; wood; black oakum; white oakum; kneads; thickness of the plank; usual allowance; injurious to his ship; well coiled; threads of oakum; ;
Key Phrases endeavour to explain to you in as concise a manner as possible the seams of the planks;

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
[not available]