Monday, February 18, 2008
What the *$^% is: Careening
Wooden ships are highly succeptable to rot, parasites and other things that could destroy the integrity of their hulls. Therefore, every few voyages a ship has to be pulled onshore and its hull exposed so that pieces can be replaced, treated, and otherwise refurbished. This is still true of ships today.
The same sort of repairs take place in dry docks, but most pirates didn't have access to such luxury.