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Cliff Thornton
Thank you for your enquiry. You have interpreted the situation correctly, in that the ship's armourer was a blacksmith, with very little of his work involved the ship's weapons. I do not think that the armourer used his forge whilst at sea, as you point out the dangers are too great. As you read through Beaglehole you will see that there were many occasions when the forge was carried ashore to enable the armourer to undertake his work. If there was a need to use the forge during the course of a voyage, I suspect that the same safety measures would be used as were applied in the Galley for the cooking equipment. This usually involved standing the equipment upon a layer of bricks to insulate the ship's wooden deck from the heat of the stove.
I'm reading Beaglehole and I read Tony Horowitz before that. It's a shame Cook isn't treated better by general history. His accomplishments! My question is where on these ships did they do ironwork? The armory? Where's that? I looked at the Australian diagram of the replica and they don't show it. Where do you put a forge on a wooden ship?
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