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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.

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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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