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Interesting Facts about

We are currently researching interesting facts about sailing ships and the Teviotdale in particular.

Here you will be able to find out about her construction. Which parts were made of wood and which parts were iron.

Did you know that the lower section of 3 masts were made of iron?  The upper sections were in the traditional timber material.

Where did the wood come from? We hope to let know soon.

There are so many parts to a sailing ship; rigging, blocks, sails, ropes, deck-boards, flags, furniture, cooking utensils, water storage, pumps, lifeboats, food, and medical supplies to name but a few.

Apart from the fabric of the ship, we may be able to bring you information about the daily routines, what it was like on board both by day and night.  Where did they eat and sleep.

How did they navigate? What happened if there was an accident on board or if someone got sick?

What did they know about weather forecasting and the prevailing winds and currents?

How fast could the ship travel, what were its limitations?

How much did she weigh?

What was her sail area?

We do know that she had 2 lifeboats and 1 long-boat on board.

Image of Teviotdale

Life aboard the Teviotdale - Putting up the Storm Canvas Sails. As the ship was about to enter band weather and rough seas, the lightweight sails had to be changed for heavy-duty storm canvas sails.  A tough and dangerous job which entailed climbing the rigging and traversing out along the cross-spars to get to the ropes (called 'sheets') that tethered the sails.

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