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by: shipmate66
January 27th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
 Hello , I have a wooden stuffing box that I would like some infomation on ....
It was said to have been made for a tall ship from around 1880īs? never been used ! It is stamped with īFord bush and stuffing boxī  Any info would be greatly appreciated :) I cant find anything on the web .
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by: shipmate66
January 30th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
 Thanks ..... My mail was from a retired wooden boat builder whoīs boss had told him about them ..... he thought it would have been used for a steering shaft not a propeller shaft ? interesting though , if its from later years I should be able to bring up something on this World Wide Web .... Thanks again
                                                                                                      Cam
shipmate66 has no photo

by: shipmate66
January 30th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
 Thanks ..... My mail was from a retired wooden boat builder whoīs boss had told him about them ..... he thought it would have been used for a steering shaft not a propeller shaft ? interesting though , if its from later years I should be able to bring up something on this World Wide Web .... Thanks again
                                                                                                      Cam
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by: sbaker
January 29th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
My contact replied back - here is what he had to say:

About the stuffing box, I doubt very much that is was designed for a "tall ship" from the 1880īs.  Ships of that period werenīt fitted with stuffing boxes as far as I know.  I suspect it is from a later period and probably made of lignum vitae. We had a similar device installed in the schooner, Hedda Gabler in Miami in 1972.  The shipwright was a Cuban gentleman who waxed eloquent about the longevity and friction-resistant qualities of lignum vitae.

Granted thatīs probably a bit disappointing to hear.
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 - and watch for squals from leeward

Scott W. Baker
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by: shipmate66
January 27th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
Thanks for that ! I picked it up in an antique store in Hobart ,Tasmania 20yrs ago :)
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by: sbaker
January 27th, 2012
wooden stuffing box
Very cool - I donīt have any info about it (although I will put out a feeler to someone that might) - but itīs a great looking photo.

Funny thing is - I just updated the forum on this site about 30 seconds before your post - talk about timing!
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Fair Winds
 - and watch for squals from leeward

Scott W. Baker

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