“Any place I think I need it, I use it,” said Fowler, who added he also sprinkles Tim-bor powder into cavities on the ship, and uses it in a semi-liquid form, as slurry, to leach into areas of rotted wood. “It gives me peace of mind that I’m doing something proactive in stopping the rot.”
Others in the business of preserving historical ships have also relied on Tim-bor. Rio Tinto Borates has sent product to crews committed to the preservation of the Wapama, a historic steam schooner launched in 1915, and the USS Cairo, a 153-year-old Civil War city-class gunboat.
“We’ve built a lot of long-term relationships,” said Mark Manning, the company’s director of Market Development, Biocides and Agriculture. “It’s nice to help with the communities and keep historic artefacts around for another 100 years.”