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Shipbuilding
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Until the end of the early modern period, shipbuilding, which still included boatbuilding [13. 92], was a wood craft: tree trunks were the raw material for all watercraft [9. 14]. For the hull, the hardwood of the oak was preferred; its tannins guaranteed durability even when constantly immersed in water. Though oak grows naturally throughout Europe’s entire oceanic climate zone except the far north [10. 315 f.], in the early modern period high demand made it a …

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Ellmers, Detlev, “Shipbuilding”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027087>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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