Section 37. 1. The whole of the timber is to be of good quality and properly seasoned, and of the description shown in Table A, as applicable to the several terms of years for which ships may respectively be appointed to remain on the Character A.
2. In ships claiming to stand twelve or fourteen years from their timber materials the stem, sternpost, beams, transoms, apron, knightheads, and keelsons, are to be entirely free from sap and from all defects. The rest of the frame to be well squared and free from sap.
3. One year for salting will be added to the term of classification to which a ship may otherwise be entitled, provided that during her construction the openings between the timbers of the frame, at the extremities of the vessel, from the deadwood to the height of the air-courses formed midway between the keelson and the hold beam clamps, and also the buttocks, be filled with salt, and the spaces between the upper air-course and the gunwale be filled before the planksheer is fitted; and that, within six months of the date of launching, the salting be completed so as to fill the spaces between the transoms and between the timbers of the frame at each end of the vessel for one-fifth her length, from the deadwood to the gunwale, and amidships from the upper part of the bilges to the gunwale, to the entire satisfaction of the Surveyor. For the purpose of retaining the salt between the timbers, stops are to be introduced immediately above all the air-courses and at the upper part of the bilges.
4. The keelson is also to be cased in and salted all fore and aft, excepting in vessels of 200 tons and under, when it will only be required to be cased in and salted for one-fifth of the vessel's length at each end.
5. In the case, however, of vessels entitled in other respects, from their wood materials, to a class not higher than 10 A, where the keelson is composed of materials named in lines Nos. 1 and 2 of Table A, it will not be necessary to salt the keelson, except at the ends.
6. The beams on which the weather-deck is to be laid, if salted, are to have a groove gouged on their upper side, except at their extreme ends; the groove to be in width not less than one-fourth the siding of the beam, and one inch in depth, and to be filled with salt as the as the deck is being laid; but, if not so salted, the beams, when of wood of the nine years' grade and under, of all ships to which a year has been or may be granted for "Salting" must, on the occasion of Half-time Survey, be exposed for examination by the removal of deck planking to the extent of one strake all fore and aft at each side of the ship, or to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.* (See Section 34.)
7. The state of the salting throughout such vessels is to be ascertained and reported upon at the Half-time and other Special Surveys, and, if necessary, the salt is to be renewed.
Mem. — The foregoing Rule is not to apply to ships built entirely of Teak.
For application of this Rule in repair of ships under the Second Rule for Restoration, see Section 57 and 58.†
* In cases where the beams have not been salted as above prescribed, the notation† will be added to the record in the Register Book — thus, Salted.†
† In cases of ships undergoing large repairs (or in other cases), and where ships have not been salted during construction, provided they are opened out to such an extent that the above requirements can be satisfactorily complied with, special application may be made to the Committee, with a view to having the additional year for salting granted.
Rules & Regulations for the Construction and Classification of Vessels.
Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping, London, 1891.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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