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I am working on a Baltimore clipper, late 1700s to early 1800s, American build. I have spent hours looking through threads on the Forum and I am not sure which technique would have been used in America during this period.


Would these ships have waterway boards parallel to the bulwarks, with hooked deck planks, or margin boards with nibbed deck planks?


Any suggestions?




Also, I am familiar with 20th Century US Navy nibbing, having served on two ships with wooden decks (it isn't a real ship if it doesn't have wooden decks). It seems the practice was to cut the nib perpendicular to the length of the planks on the ships I was on (a cruiser and a minesweeper). However, I have also seen comments that sometimes the nib was cut perpendicular to the cut in the margin board.


Was there any standard for nibbing, or was it just whatever a particular shipyard preferred to do?



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Can't comment on Baltimore-Clippers, but in general nibs and hooks are cut in a way so as not to get sharp angles. More or less 90° angles are preferred, because they are safer to caulk.

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Nibbed waterways and parallel deck planking generally were a later 'modern' development in the mid-1800's. Before that the plank ends were hooked, as well as curved and tapered in towards the waterways bow and stern. So, the latter method would apply to your vessel.

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