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Late 18th c Armed Pinnace. British navy colour scheme.

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My understanding is that ships' boats of the period had no standard color scheme. Often it was 'captain's fancy'; in other words, whatever the individual captain ordered. So you would be safe to use any of the standard colors of the day; ochre, blue, black and red. Or, as you've suggested, varnished. You're the captain!

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Thank you for directing me to that excellent web page. All my questions, even some I had not asked, are now answered .


By the by once, as a very young Royal Navy sailor, I was part of a guard of honour paraded at the quarterdeck rail on Victory for the 1958 Trafalgar Day ceremony. 


Once again, many thanks. 



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