Sunday, October 22, 2006

Carpenter's Stores

Further to the comments on yesterday's post, here's a severely edited version of the list of carpenter's stores as compiled by Captain Bayntun of HMS Milford (74) in 1809 - it seems there was some disagreement about the stores figures so he had the whole kit and caboodle documented and sent off to the Admiralty to prove his point (luckily for us). Quantities are given in Tons, Cwt, Qrs & Lbs, so I'll list 'em with four figures after each item. i.e. Auger bitts (sic) 0.0.0.16 would be 16lbs of same. I'll leave out such items as old canvas, fearnought screens etc but all the tools (blacksmithing as well) and timber are all included and some of the fittings:

Copper nails 0.0.0.12
Rove and clinch 0.0.0.8
Bed bottoms 0.0.1.2
Copper sheet 0.0.2.0
Glue 0.0.0.26
Grindstone 0.0.2.0
Auger bitts 0.0.0.16
Tillers 0.0.0.5 3/4
Bolts, chain plate 0.1.3.24
Bolts, drawn 0.0.1.16
Bolts, drive [to drive out old bolts] 0.0.1.4
Bolts, eye 0.0.0.26
Bolts, ring 0.0.2.4
Bolts, sett [to bring planks together[?]] 0.0.0.14
Bolts, starting [also used as bolts, drive] 0.0.0.4
Chisels, cold 0.0.0.6
Drivers, for hoops on masts 0.1.3.0
Esses for shrouds [s-shaped hooks] 0.2.1.2
Hammers, clench 0.0.0.13 3/4
Sets 0.0.0.7
Cot frames 0.1.0.0
Camp forge, slice [?], hearth staff 0.4.2.0
Anvil 0.2.1.0
Hammers, sledge 0.0.1.20
Hammers, uphand [two-handed, used at forge] 0.0.1.0
Hammers, hand 0.0.0.8
Hammers, bench 0.0.0.1
Hammers, riveting 0.0.0.1
Hammers, nail tool 0.0.0.3
Chisels, cold and hot 0.0.0.3
Bellows, double 0.1.0.12
Files and rubbers 0.0.0.16
Smiths' tongues 0.0.0.16
Hasps and staples 0.0.0.3
Hinges, sorts 0.2.0.15
Hooks, nail 0.0.0.8
Iron, new, of sorts 0.6.0.26
Locks 0.0.0.9
Locks, sorts 0.0.1.9
Loggerheads 0.0.2.0
Mauls, double-headed 0.0.0.23
Nails of sorts 0.6.0.20
Pitch ladles 0.0.0.9
Staples 0.0.0.6
Saw gear 0.0.1.13
Staples, large 0.0.0.2 1/2
Ocham, black 0.5.1.12
Pitch 0.6.0.0
Tallow 0.2.0.22
Tar 0.3.1.7
Bars, capstan, half 0.13.3.10
Board, Elm [Boards being timber 14-18ft long, 8-9in wide and less than 1 1/2in thick] 0.5.1.12
Board, Oak 0.3.2.11
Board, wainscot [Continental Oak for panelling and joinery work, bought by the Navy Board in 1 1/4, 1, and 3/4in thicknesses] 0.3.2.10
Buckets 0.0.1.19
Mess tables 0.15.0.0
Stools for ditto 0.19.2.0
Caulking tools* 0.0.1.27 1/4
Chests of sorts for stores 0.13.0.0
Deals, ordinary [deals 6-14ft long, 9in wide, not more than 3in thick]
Hen coops 0.6.0.0
Moving pantry 0.3.3.0
Plank, Elm, sorts [planks 18ft long or more, 9-10in wide, 1 1/2-4in thick] 0.5.1.12
Plank, Oak 0.5.2.18
Plank, Oak, sorts 0.14.1.16
Screws, wood, with bolt 0.2.0.28
Tables, small 0.4.3.12
Tables, wainscot 0.7.1.0
Tables, sideboard 0.0.2.0
Tillers, spare 1.8.3.10
Treenails 0.3.0.24
Paint 0.2.0.15
Brushes 0.0.0.1 1/2
Oil 0.1.0.8
Black varnish 0.5.0.0
Rulers 0.0.2.0
Lime, bushels [for making whitewash] 0.5.2.24
Ditto brushes 0.0.0.4
Brushes, tar, present use [present use stores were used in fitting out] 0.0.0.5 1/2
Nails, of sorts, present use 0.0.2.19
Tar, present use 0.3.1.7
Board, Elm, present use 0.0.2.10
Deals, ordinary, present use 0.6.0.12
Baulks, present use 0.12.1.3
Wedges, present use 0.1.3.23

*A set of caulker's tools is given elsewhere as:
irons, sharp, 1
horsing, 1
meaking, 1
caulking, 1
crooked, 1
treenail, 1
spike, 1
horsing, large with iron handles,1
beetle, 1
caulking mallet, 1
ladle spout, 1
hook rove, 1

Additionally, in the Boatswain's stores, we find more Black varnish; brushes, large; brushes, tar; cots; another grindstone; axes, junk [?!]; hatchets, mauls for topmasts; scrapers [for cleaning decks]; nails, woolding [?]; and commanders [large wooden mallets].

Honestly, it was a regular floating DIY warehouse come furniture store...

Anyway, if you're interested in "Nelson's Navy", I recommend "Steering To Glory - A Day In the Life of a Ship Of The Line" by Nicholas Blake from which I've filched this stuff. It's a lousy title, but the content is excellent. The only drawback is he's had to use a lot of court martial evidence so there's rather more going on in the cable tier and other dark spots than maybe was strictly true on the average day...

6 comments:

  1. Mike Wenzloff (MikeW)10/22/2006 06:42:00 pm

    Wow! Thanks, Alf!

    Quite a store of goods and tools. And thanks for the book title. Just amazing. It's a subject I hadn't really tohught about excpet as applies to modern times on aircraft carriers. I had a friend who worked in one of the 3 machine shops on board of such a beast--along with several thousand others on-board. But these ships, there had to be such consideration for damage done in battle. It amazes me.

    Take care, Mike

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  2. You sure this isn't the contents of the good ship "Chez Frampton"???;)
    Must admit, I mean to do a 'shop catologue for insurance means. Still putting that off (along with loads of other stuff!!)
    Hope you find your "spark" soon,
    best regards
    Phil

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  3. Hmm, I might have to borrow that one off you at some stage!

    JMF

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  4. No Lie Lielsen stuff then !!

    Seriously, thanks for that, Alf - really interesting.

    Paul Chapman

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  5. Lots on boats around here.

    Is it true that you are going to build one?

    AP

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  6. Caulking and more caulking. It's just everywhere these days .....!

    First JFC and now you. Will it ever end?!

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