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Deck Planking Pattern for Spanish 1690's Warship

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There is not much information that is available on the deck planking butt shifting pattern for Spanish ships of the late1600s.  I'm building the San Felipe of 1690 and the plans indicate a 2 plank shift.  Any suggestions?



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Deck plank for USN  between 1815-1860 is 40'  Pine.  By the 1690's ship building

was probably well on its way into bureaucracy - Spain included.  Unlike the 1500's

when it was more father to son - we keep the rules secret - sort of thing.


I would use 40 as the max - use 30" as average - and use 3 plank shift - not as busy looking

and "more professional" in strength potential - full size.


You might consider an e-mail about this to Thomas J. Oertling at Texas A&M - 

he wrote a chapter in The Philosophy of Shipbuilding on 15-16 C. Iberian wrecks.

The Nautical Archaeology folks may have data.

NRG member 45 years



HMS Centurion 1732 - 60-gun 4th rate - Navall Timber framing

HMS Beagle 1831 refiit  10-gun brig with a small mizzen - Navall (ish) Timber framing

The U.S. Ex. Ex. 1838-1842
Flying Fish 1838  pilot schooner -  framed - ready for stern timbers
Porpose II  1836  brigantine/brig - framed - ready for hawse and stern timbers
Vincennes  1825  Sloop-of-War  -  timbers assembled, need shaping
Peacock  1828  Sloop-of -War  -  timbers ready for assembly
Sea Gull  1838  pilot schooner -  timbers ready for assembly
Relief  1835  ship - timbers ready for assembly


Portsmouth  1843  Sloop-of-War  -  timbers ready for assembly
Le Commerce de Marseilles  1788   118 cannons - framed

La Renommee 1744 Frigate - framed - ready for hawse and stern timbers


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Jaager and Black Viking,

Thank you for your comments.   I agree that the three butt shift looks better than a four butt shift , and to me, it looks much better than a two butt shift.  Unless I find out that a three shift is definately wrong, that's what I'll use.


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