Spaceman Posted August 25, 2022 Share #1 Posted August 25, 2022 I'm in a dilemma as to whether to trenail my Agamemnon (Caldercraft/Jokita) or not. There are a lot of posts on this group about how to do it, techniques etc and some great build logs - most of whom do seem to trenail their decks. On top of this there are posts suggesting trenails should be practically invisible anyway on a freshly laid deck and not as obvious as in many builds. I live about 30mins away from a trip to HMS Victory which is obviously a very useful source. But even that does not helps seen in these pics! On the quarter deck (which is not original) the trenailing blends in almost perfectly with the decking and is almost invisible. Despite not being original this was replaced in 1922-9 with teak. So only about 100 years old !!! The planking secured with brass screws and the holed plugged with 1 1/4" Dowel (ref HMS Victory Building, Restoration & Repair-A Bugler) On the Lower Deck, which is believed to be the original oak decking, the trenailing is very obvious and showing caulking. In discussing the middle gun deck (predominately non-original fir but some original oak) Bugler comments "Where appearance was not very important, for example, on the lower gun deck, it was usual to drive the spikes so that the heads were just below the surface of the deck. Dowels were not fitted but the recesses ... were often filled with pitch when the decks were caulked and payed". This is clearly what is visible on the lower deck but on the original 'visible decks' would a less visible method have been employed as in the replacements? I'll be very interested in opinions and research from other members while I ponder my dilemma but I suspect it is going to be a matter of personal choice. Malcolm mtaylor, Keith Black and Retired guy 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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