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The Times, August 16, 1817:

" ... The dry rot continues making rapid strides in the Navy, several of the ships launched of late years are found much infected by this great evil. The Forte, which only went from Woolwich to Chatham, may now be added to those already named, and is to undergo repair at the latter place; several first-rates are among the number; and, in short, nearly every class in a greater or less degree. ....."


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In the United Service Magazine (Jun 1841), I came across the mention of a "Moreton repairing-slip." Is this a type of dry-dock?

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Not answering Susan's questions but a snippet about the completion of a dry-dock elsewhere from The Times, January 2nd, 1806:

" ..... PLYMOUTH, Dec.30. Last week, Mr Isaac Blackburn, the Ship-builder at Turn Chapel, gave a supper to all his artificers and workmen, to celebrate the completion of the Dry-dock at Catwater, constructed by Lord Boringbon, a work which has been years in accomplishing, and upon which his Lordship has expended several thousand pounds. After partaking plentifully of roast beef, plumb pudding, and cyder, the health of Lord Boringbon was drank with evident marks of grateful feeling, for his public spirit, so nobly manifested in this patriotic undertaking. A dry-dock has ever been wanted at Plymouth, for the reception of merchant-ships; and this being built sufficiently capacious to admit even frigates of the largest class, is deemed an invaluable acquisition to the public. Much merit is due to Mr Blackburn, who superintended this work ...."

It goes on to say that the Naiad, 50, was currently in the dock undergoing repair.


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The Times, February 2nd, 1790:

" .... A general survey was made last week of the Ordinaries of the Navy at Deptford and Woolwich, both which are immediately under the direction of the Navy Board, and orders are given for a repair of all the ships which are any way decayed. ....."




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The Times, May 19th, 1817:

“ ... The Scarborough, of 74 guns, not more than five years old, has recently been taken into dock at Woolwich, for the purpose of undergoing repair. On opening the works necessary to commence, it is found that the dry rot has made such havock, as, literally, speaking, almost to have consumed the whole of the ship. Some other ships in the same dock-yard are also found in the same state. One cause assigned for this dreadful evil is, that the oak is felled in the spring of the year, when the tree is full of sap, for the purpose of preserving the bark, instead of, as formerly, cutting it in the autumn.......”

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