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June 23, 1795 Laying of Frigate Keel Timothy Pickering Josiah Fox Letter, discusses laying keel of Frigate.
December 8, 1794 Scarphing of the 36-gun frigates Joshua Humphreys Henry Knox Humphreys talks to Knox about the scarphing (joints that hold two pieces of wood together) of a frigate's keel. The scarphs were proportioned for three pieces, but because they are going to be in five pieces the length of the keel for the 36-gun frigates will be 146 feet, which will leave only 17 feet of solid keel between each scarph. Humphreys discusses ways to modify this situation, and...
1795 Timbers Josiah Fox Timothy Pickering Enclosed list of timbers molded for use in ships keel.
January 11, 1795 Weekly return of men working in the New York Navy Yard; no progress on the keel Captain Silas Talbot Timothy Pickering Enclosed is a return of the men employed the previous week in the naval yard. Progress on the keel remains the same for want of materials.
March 1, 1796 On the manner of securing floor timbers to the frigate keel using copper bolts [not available] David Stodder Discusses methods of securing floor timbers to the keel with large copper bolts.
June 23, 1795 Letter from the War Office on letter from Josiah Fox on laying of keel of frigate at Portsmouth Virginia [not available] Josiah Fox Letter from Fox was forwarded to Joshua Humphreys. His opinion on laying of keel of frigate is expressed in letter of 22 June.
June 22, 1795 On Josiah Fox's letter on laying the keels of frigates and launching Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering Humphreys refers to a letter by Josiah Fox from Portsmouth Virginia indicating that neither time nor expense should be spared in laying the keel in the best possible position for launching.
January 3, 1795 Letter to Naval Constructor George Claghorne on Construction of Frigate Keel John Stagg George Claghorn Clerk John Stagg on behalf on late Secretary of War Henry Knox. Knox consulted with Joshua Humphreys and the later has no objections to the frigate keel, but no alterations made in the dimensions of timber. Compensation $2000 per year.
January 17, 1795 On the keel wood for frigate; salting of oak wood; and whether oak wood is preferable to live oak Timothy Pickering Tench Francis Secretary of War Pickering discusses use of deadwood to be laid over the frigate keel; use of salting to harden the oak; and whether common oak will do, since live oak is so hard to procure. In a post script, asks if common oak can be used. If not, how long to obtain live oak and how will this affect the frigate construction time-line.
May 5, 1796 Regarding machine for driving bolts through deadwood and keel of frigate [not available] George Claghorn Discusses ship construction, and draught of a bolt-driving machine made use of byJoshua Humphreys for driving bolts through the deadwood and keel of the frigate. Machine will drive bolts of different diameters with great facility and certainty. Copy to be sent to each naval constructor.
November 29, 1794 Dimensions of a ship Joshua Humphreys Henry Knox Humphreys informs Knox about a particular ship under construction. The height of the wing and all other transoms will be placed as per the instructions already sent with the molds. The wing transom will be modified to be straight instead of rounding up six inches. The distance and place of the after-port remain as before, and the length of the keel will be taken from the drafts.
January 18, 1795 Weekly return of men working in the New York Navy Yard; men have been employed in other jobs Captain Silas Talbot Timothy Pickering Return of men employed the past week at the New York naval yard and materials received since the last letter; for want of proper bolts the keel is unfinished and some men have been employed at other duties.
May 30, 1794 Transportation of Troops Isaac Craig Henry Knox Some troops prepared early, took keel boats intended for Maj. Gen. Scott and traveled downriver. Invoices of supplies that traveled with troops to be sent to Philadelphia soon.
December 1794 Request for Report on Frigate Construction Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox Letter, asks for draft regarding frigate construction.
June 9, 1795 Experiments on the Strength of Pieces of Ash Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering Shipbuilder Joseph Humphreys reports on the results of experiments on pieces of ash as to what effect single or double holes for bolting the floor will have on the keel of a ship.
November 2, 1796 On retaining the frigate riders and the issue of hogging [not available] Captain Thomas Truxtun Discusses the issue of stress on the keel and the use of riders and whether the frigate gets hogged. Asks that Captain Truxton retain two thirds of the riders proposed.
June 22, 1795 Frigate Construction Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering (Enclosed in letter from War Office to Josiah Fox noting Humphrey's opinion on laying the keel for the frigate.) Fox believed no time should be wasted in determining best launching site which would be used for laying keels of frigates. Additional description of launching and building protocol.
February 7, 1795 Discussion of Construction of 36 and 44 Gun Frigates, & Dangers During Launch Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering Letter, discusses 36 and 44 gun Frigate construction; describes dangers of launching Frigate; discusses descent of keel.
October 8, 1795 Discharge of the workers at Norfolk ship yard Timothy Pickering William Pennock Yards to north to be supplied with live oak timber first. Mr Morgan remains in Georgia overseeing timber harvest business; will remain so until supply of frigates is finished. As such, when the keel is properly covered from weather, order the workmen to be discharged.
October 5, 1796 Progress in the Construction of the New Frigate Josiah Fox Samuel Hodgdon The keel of the new frigate is laid and the sternframe finished.The stern is nearly ready to sail and it is hoped that great progress will be made during the coming week.
January 8, 1796 Response from Joshua Humphreys on placement of deadwood [not available] George Claghorn War Office forwards letter from Joshua Humphreys informs naval constructor George Claghorn that he is to be cautious in shifting the mid ship dead wood; and not to place the butt near the station of the chain pumps. Serious consequences to safety of ship if she runs aground and injures the keel. Oakum could be drawn into the pumps.
December 10, 1794 Appointment and instructions for Edmund Quincy, clerk of ship yard for frigate built at Portsmouth New Hampshire Henry Knox Jacob Sheafe From Henry Knox to Jacob Sheaffe Naval Agent at Portsmouth New Hampshire, encloses appointment and instructions for Edmund Quincy, clerk of ship yard at Portsmouth New Hampshire. Also encloses copy of letter from Joshua Humphreys regarding the [scar plank] of the frigate keel.
May 17, 1793 Furnish Major General Charles Scott with means to descend Ohio River to Fort Washington Henry Knox Isaac Craig Furnish Major General Charles Scott with a good keel boat and two sets of good hands in order to descend the Ohio River to Fort Washington. Scott is the bearer of dispatches.
December 25, 1795 Shipment of Supplies, Violence due to Alcohol Isaac Craig Timothy Pickering Craig sending keel boat with small load of powder and lead with hopes it will reach Fort Washington in a few days. Other military supplies sent to Presque Isle. Notification by Cornplanter that "strong Liquors" have greatly damaged his country and the killings related to drinking alcohol.
June 18, 1800 Authorization for New Boat Samuel Hodgdon Israel Whelen Issued a new boat for Fort Mifflin to be under Captain Meminger. Current boat used for transport deemed dangerous to people and provisions.