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Re: ship masts
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Re: ship masts ()

Tom Dunlap
In all of my reading, fiction, nonfiction and historical I’ve never picked up that any hardwood species was ever used for spars. I might have missed something though. By the time of ship building in American Colonial era most masts were made in sections not one single tree. Many masts were made from sections and fastened back together to eliminate the pith. This made a stronger mast whose performance could be replicated and repaired easier than a single piece.

There are descriptions of mast repairs in Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commmander. Done at sea after storms or battle, a shipyard is no where at hand

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