A Conversation for The Battle of Trafalgar

Copper-bottomed ships

Post 1

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Hi BS et al smiley - smiley

I've just added the following to the convo thread of my 'Chemistry of Copper...' Entry at A20074529, which you may be interested in:

'Just discovered, from BBCs 'Coast' programme, that Swansea (S. Wales) was once known as 'Copperopolis' as it supplied two-thirds of the World's copper.

This was instrumental in the success of Nelson's Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar as his ships (including Vicory) were quite literally 'copper-bottomed'. This prevented infestation by barnacles and thus Nelson's ships were significantly more manoeuverable than the French ships.


Copper-bottomed ships

Post 2

Al Johnston

That was also one reason why Royal Sovereign was isolated for so long: her copper plating had recently been refurbished; the rest of the fleet couldn't keep up.

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