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Title :

The contribution of alloy composition to the fate of foundered vessels

Authors :
MACLEOD, Ian Donald ; BENG, Jeffrey ;
Conference :
Tradition and innovation : advances in conservation : contributions to the Melbourne Congress 10-14 October 2000; London; International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The composition of copper alloys has been shown to be a major influence in determining the overall fate of sailing ships when they encountered Australian shores. A comparison of the mechanical properties of copper nails and bolts from the wrecks of the James Matthews (1841), and the Rapid1 (1811), has shown that the higher levels of bismuth impurities in these components in the James Matthews caused them to fracture prematurely. The fractured bolts contributed directly to the loss of the ship. Analysis of broken bronze and brass rudder fittings on 18th and 19th c. wrecks has shown that a combination of the composition and poor casting of the fittings may have contributed to the loss of the vessels. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Alliage ; Architecture navale ; Art du métal ; Australie ; Construction ; Epave ; Navire ; 1700-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Alloys ; Australia ; Construction ; Metalwork ; Naval architecture ; Ships ; Wrecks ; 1700-1900 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24949906 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0950052590 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;