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In Reply to: OLD WOODEN SHIPS LINED WITH COPPER ???
posted by T. Hunt on May 31, 1997 at 17:51:33
: The Spanish sheathed ships in lead beginning around 1508 until 1567. In 1605 lead sheathing was resumed on Spanish ships going to only Mexico. The only other Nation to use lead sheathing was England. In 1766 several English warships used copper sheathing and by 1780 all English ships were sheathed with copper. The first French ships using copper sheathing was in 1775, but this practice did not catch on with the Spaniards and Portuguese until the frist decade of the 19th century.
This info thanks to Robert Marx.
Hope this helps, Charles
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