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Careening in the mid-eighteenth century

Caption: Careening in the mid-eighteenth century

After several months at sea, ships' hulls became encrusted with small mollusks and worms, damaging them and slowing down the ships. Ships then had to be careened. This long and tedious operation, done at the naval yards of Quebec City and Louisbourg, consisted of inclining the ship and "heating" its hull, that is, burning the crust off the planks with torches.