Whilst not all that relevant to the topic at hand, just to clean a few things up:
Originally Posted by smurphny
Toredo worms ate up many of the old boats but they are not a problem now as long as the bottom has a good coat of paint. The old square riggers used copper sheeting sometimes but worms can get past it if there's any opening.
Teredo worms are still a problem in many parts of the world today, but with the advent of plastic boats you don't hear about it so much - paint can get chipped by anything striking the hull..
FWIW, copper sheeting was installed primarily for it's anti-fouling
properties - not worm resistance. Even back then it was prohibitively expensive, so only those who needed it for speed (eg. tea clippers) or could afford it (eg. parts of the navy) used it. Everyone else fixed a thin layer of cheap sacrificial timber to the outside of the hull with hundreds (thousands!) of copper nails. The worms burrow into the outer layer and thus leave the hull alone.
Originally Posted by priscilla
"A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THEN IN PORT" You gotta be kidding!...A northeaster is coming up the coast in a day or so lets all put out to sea!
Let's get this straight: A SHIP
, yes; your boat - NO
. In many ports throughout the world, now and for many years, all shipping is told to LEAVE PORT by the Harbourmaster if a major storm or hurricane is approaching or give a bloomin' good reason why they can't!
Unless it's an extremely well-protected harbour, a ship (modern or old, but especially a timber one!) is far safer at sea in a storm for the following reasons:
1. The sides (and rigging) of a ship presents a serious amount of resistance to the wind which even the largest of anchors or mooring lines may not hold, potentially causing the ship to be run ashore and wrecked.
2. Tied to a dock, a ship presents a large target for small yachts like yours to hit when (not if!) they break their moorings, potentially sinking the ship at the dock and preventing the use of that dock for relief efforts afterwards until the ship is refloated.
3. Tied to a dock, the weight/windage of the ship against the dock could cause the dock to break up - damaging/sinking the ship and, again, rendering the dock unusable for relief efforts afterwards.
So, no, they're not kidding. It's reality... and exactly
the right thing to do if you're the captain of a fragile timber relic like the HMS Bounty... but how you handle the ship and where you go after you leave port is another matter entirely.