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Title: Condition Assessment of Historic Wood Vessels

Source: In: Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Nondestructive Testing of Wood, September 10-12, 2007; Duluth, Minnesota, pp. 223-226; 2008

Author(s)Wacker, James P.; Xiping, Wang; Ross, Robert J.; Brashaw, Brian K.

Publication Year: 2008  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-3A

Abstract: This paper summarizes the field condition assessment of three historically significant wood vessels. The vessel WAPAMA,built in 1915, is the last surviving example of the wood steam-powered schooners designed for the 19th and 20th century Pacific Coast lumber trade and coastal service. The U.S. Brig NIAGARAis a wood warship of the U.S. Navy that played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie. The HIGHLANDER SEAis Grand Bank Topsail Schooner built in 1924 for use on the Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard. A variety of state-of-the-art nondestructive testing technologies were used to complement visual techniques in evaluating physical and biological conditions of each historic wood-framed vessel. The findings provided key information about internal integrity of the primary structural members to enhance structural analyses or to support repair/replacement decisions.

Keywords: Timber, nondestructive testing, grading, wood grading, engineering inspection, structural analysis, deterioration, sailing ships, inspection, schooners, wooden ships, boats, boating, historic ships, warships, wood quality, structural timbers, visual grading

File size: 578 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/06/2009

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RITS Product ID: 30801
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist

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