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1 HMS Victory Fore-Topsail Cleaning and research in preparation for display Project undertaken by the Textile Conservation Centre in 2005 Presentation prepared by Dr Paul Garside and Kate Gill, Textile Conservation Centre Pictures by kind permission of the Commanding Officer of HMS Victory Lt Cdr D J ‘Oscar’ Wild RN

2 HMS Victory Fore-Topsail Cleaning and research in preparation for display 2005 Conservation Team: Robin Bastian, Tamara Frost, Kate Gill*, Michelle Harper, Anne Kvitvang, Mamiko Matsumura, Amber Rowe, Karen Thompson *project manager Research Team: Dr Paul Wyeth, Dr Paul Garside

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4 The Sail head foot 24 m 17 m The sail is constructed from bolts of linen (flax) cloth (each roughly two feet wide), running from head to foot. The edge is strengthened with hemp rope.

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16 Yarn samples were taken from areas of pre-existing damage on the Victory sail, along with one loose fabric section. Samples and Surrogates Yarn samples were taken from areas of pre-existing damage on the Victory sail, along with one loose fabric section. * * * * * * * * * *

17 Mechanical Testing – Breaking Load Tenacity (cN.tex -1 ) – breaking load per unit linear density.

18 Mechanical Testing – Slippage Testing... fixed pins moveable pins applied load sailcloth Slippage tests measure the way in which the sailcloth stretches – both temporarily and permanently – as a load is applied to it.

19 Mechanical Testing – Slippage

20 Overall Conclusions The sail possesses enough residual strength to support its own weight. However if allowed to do so it will undergo a permanent deformation. Therefore, both the direct assessment by the conservators and the results of the mechanical testing support the conclusion that: The sail should ideally be fully supported horizontally or at shallow angle.

21 Acknowledgments We would like to thank Lt. Cdr. Frank Nowosielski (Commanding Officer, HMS Victory) for giving us the opportunity to work on such a fascinating project and the Society for Nautical Research and the Ministry of Defence for supporting the work. We are also indebted to Colin Appleyard (Hood Sailmakers), Peter Goodwin (Keeper and Curator, HMS Victory), Mark Jones (Head of Collections, MRASL), Alun Vaughan (ECS, University of Southampton) and colleagues at the Textile Conservation Centre and the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies, particularly Nell Hoare, Amber Rowe and Dr Paul Wyeth.


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