Here the main deck planking is complete. Each seam has been caulked, using a single strand of cotton and several strands of oakum. Oakum is a material like strands of old rope, soaked in pine tar. The seams are finished off with “marine glue,” a thick pine tar that dries hard in the seams. The glue is heated before being poured or “paid” into the seams. The deck seams are waiting for a final scraping to remove the excess marine glue. Forward, the beams of the raised fo’c’s’le deck are being installed. The bulwark cap timber has not yet been installed on top of the bulwark stanchions and inwale.
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