Pictures I've found appear to show the fore and mid channels mounted on the face of wales. How were they mechanically attached? How far do these channels protrude beam wise from the wales? For the aft channel from the hull?
The chainnwales are fayed to the outboard face of the wales and bolted through the wales, frames and ceiling. Not sure about the bolt spacing for teh fore and mai, since both ends of the bolts are covered by timbers, but each mizzen chainwale is held on by bolts spaced about 900 mm apart. The fore and main chainwales project about 450 mm from the wail, the mizzen about 350 mm.
Post by Sheldon Urlik on Sept 25, 2013 3:06:13 GMT
Reply to Fred Hocker:
Thank you for your response. I'd like to double check the 450mm and 350mm figures, about 18" and 14", which are narrower than I visualized. On my earlier question re gun placement you or Clayton made the comment that gun crew maybe stood on the channels (chainwales) to reload since obstacles on the deck prevented enough carriage retraction for on deck reloading. 18* seems narrow to stand and move on.
The width figures are correct, and having spent a fair amount of time standing on the chainwales, I can say that the fore and main ones are more than wide enough for working the guns. The mizzen chainwales are a little narrower, but there are no guns to be loaded there.