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Popeye

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Thames barges - deck planking.
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »

Does anyone out there know the answer to this question:-
What was the standard length of barge deck planking (or range of lengths if random sizes were the norm)? 
Thanks in anticipation of a positive response.
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 09:40:34 AM »

What was the standard length of barge deck planking...?

Popeye, I understand that they used one standard length of string as a measurement.

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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 09:53:40 AM »

There is an answer to this. I can't remember, but 18 ft springs to mind.
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 10:04:39 AM »

Definitely random lengths, built to a price they used all the wood they could. You can still stagger the joints 3 planks just needs a little more though. I hate to see pretty patterns on a model deck. Get out that Price of string, funny man wasn't far wrong. I have even seen noggins put between beams to carry a joint.  Geoff
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 10:23:23 AM »

If built to a price maybe.
Certainly for refit or repair.


But I do seem to remember reading somewhere that the lumber yards turned out standard lengths. Perhaps this was state side.


I am sure that there would have been a mixture of both practices.
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 10:45:55 AM »

Popeye, I understand that they used one standard length of string as a measurement.

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Thanks for the prompt response.
Anyone not familiar with the subject could be misled into believing that there's no such thing as a standard plank length though we know better, don't we.
Got to rush off to buy several balls of string in order to determine what the standard length is, coz I'm a stickler for scale fidelity. %%
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012, 01:21:13 PM »

I have a fair few pictuures of TSB decks at Maldon, but even without going to look they are not likely to be very helpful because i think they were covered with either canvas/paint or just staggeringly gloopy paint
At any rate they are a range of colours and I don't think that the pattern would be visible
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Re: Thames barges - deck planking.
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2012, 04:06:57 PM »

How right you are about the tar, red lead, oil or old paint anything to stop the deck leaking. geoff
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