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    Default Dropping the main mast ....

    .... on HMS VICTORY, first time since 1894.


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-57127277

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    Default Re: Dropping the main mast ....

    Quote Originally Posted by NickW View Post
    .... on HMS VICTORY, first time since 1894.


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-57127277

    Nick
    I did not realize that those iron lower masts were that old. Research tells us
    they were originally manufactured for use in HMS Shah in the 1870s. They were placed into Victory in 1893
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Dropping the main mast ....

    This prompted me to do some research to confirm an old memory from way back.
    The lower main mast is shorted than the original built mas that rotted. Al three of the masts are stepped on the orlop deck, the main mast is supported on a wooden pillar, which in its turn is supported on a steel structure going through the bottom to a concrete plinth under the keel.

    Unfortunately the discontinuity between iron and wood column is acting as a hinge, overloading the deck structures at the mast partners. If they had not lifted the mast out it may have fallen.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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