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Ancient Keel splice

Posted by Rolly 
Ancient Keel splice
June 29, 2021 09:11AM
Ancient Keel splice

Looking through my computer files
One that got my eye years ago was an Ancient Keel splice 100 BC on a 400-ton merchant ship depicted in Wooden boat magazine.

What was interesting about this splice was that it was used on a 400-ton merchant ship sunk of the cost of France 100 years BC. The ship was 131 feet long and had two of these splices in the keel, and two keels one above the other held together with tong and mortise splices plates held in place with dowel pins. I was intrigued by it and always wanted to make a sample of it to see how well it worked. Fantastic joint held together with just two wedges back to back.

Ever try to find an article in a back issue. I looked through every issue I had and could not find it. Then I went on the Internet and looked up Wooden Boat and sure enough they had a search bar for past articles. I hit it first time and went back to my pile of books and found the issue and looked up the page and there it was.

I cut mine out of a piece of 1-1/2 square Poplar. The keel on the 400-ton ship was 14 inches wide (sided) by 16 inches high (molded).

See attached photos.
Rolly


Re: Ancient Keel splice
June 29, 2021 09:40PM
Thanks Rolly,
I learned something today I did not know previously. (One of my daily goals.)
Re: Ancient Keel splice
July 19, 2021 07:20AM
Nice article. Anyone interested in ancient sailing might find this article interesting too.

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Re: Ancient Keel splice
November 25, 2023 10:51PM
Rick Ashton Wrote:
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> Nice article. Anyone interested in ancient sailing
> might find this article interesting too.
> krema od mandarina
> [www.aramcoworld.com]
> uld-Phoenicians-Have-Crossed-the-Atlantic


Ineed great article
Re: Ancient Keel splice
December 01, 2023 10:42PM
Rick Ashton Wrote:
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> Nice article. Anyone interested in ancient sailing
> might find this article interesting too. krema od mandarina
>
> [www.aramcoworld.com]
> uld-Phoenicians-Have-Crossed-the-Atlantic


great thanks!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2023 10:43PM by TimTom42.
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