Britton: Treatise on the Origin, Progress, Prevention and Cure of
Dry Rot in Timber, 1875
One cause of the decay of wood in ships is the use of wooden treenails
As the treenails are also made to drive [relatively] easy, they never fill the
holes they are driven into; consequently, if ever it admits water at the outer
end, which, from shrinking, it is liable to do, that water immediately gets
into the middle of the plank, and thereby forms a natural vehicle for the
conveyance of water. The treenail is also the second thing which decays a
ship, the first, generally, being the oakum. Should any part of the plank or
timber of a ship be in an incipient state of decay, and a treenail come in
contact with it, the decay immediately increases …
Thomas A. Britton: Treatise on the Origin, Progress, Prevention and Cure of
Dry Rot in Timber.
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