The Introduction and use of copper sheathing: A history

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    For over two thousand years seafarers have tried a variety of methods to protect ships' hulls from attack and fouling by marine organisms. The use of sheathing to protect a ship's hull from teredo attack has been known since at least the 4th century BC. This paper discusses the history of sheathing, in particular the development of copper sheathing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-48
    Number of pages28
    JournalThe Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
    Issue number1/2
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


    • Ships' hulls
    • Copper sheathing
    • Teredo navalis
    • Shipworm
    • Limnoria
    • Gribble


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