Mar 23 2006
The next timbers to be installed in the building of a man-of-war are the stempost, and its apron. Both of these timbers are English Oak, and naturally curved pieces were selected for the job. The stem post is constructed from three sections, and the apron just abaft it from 2. The apron provides additional strength to the stem.
The pieces of the stem and apron are assembled on the ground and then raised into position on the keel by sheer legs, and the join to the keel bolted through. A shore is placed under the stem, and also a chain is attached to the inner face of the apron leading down to a point on the upper surface of the keel (not shown here) - this is removed a little later when the deadwood is installed.