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Painting copper plates with white lead.

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While researching the frigate Medea 1778 I came across the fact that after being launched in Bristol she was sent on to Plymouth for her copper plates to be painted with white lead. My question is, as I have never come across this practice before, would it a regular technique or did some other improvement take place soon after.

I have never seen copper plates painted white on models so would this be a first.



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