A greatly under-appreciated skill these days is the ability to keep the sea where it belongs — outside of the ship’s hull. In earlier times, the ship caulker was as important as carpenters and riggers. In the ports south of
In earlier times, the ship caulker was as important as carpenters and riggers. In the ports south of Philadelphia, the caulkers trade was dominated by African-American men. This was true up to World War I.
It is 10 inches long with a 2 1/3 inch bade.
Made almost entirely of bronze. Only the blade and the adjusting plate are ferris metal.
This is a small plane, six inches long.
They have a flat base and are not as pointed as fids.
We always have a few of these tools on hand. Lip adz, gutter, railroad, strap, spike pall, everyone has their favorite type.
It is entirely hand-forged and has a very slight pall which I believe would indicate it to be of mid 18th century vintage.
Steel marline spikes from 6 to 30 inches.
It is about 12 inches long and ready for work.