Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides,’ this ship’s hull is made of a three-layered oak laminate. The inner and outer layers are composed of white oak with a middle layer of southern live oak.
The result is a near-impenetrable hull. Over two-hundred years ago, when British ships tried to sink this vessel, the cannonballs merely embedded in the outside layers of the white oak or bounced off into the ocean.
Old Ironsides survived the Revolutionary War (and sunk four British frigates) to become an American legend thanks in part to the strength and reliability of its oak construction.
Besides being the stuff of legendary warships, oak is also in high demand for flooring. Once you have decided to go with oak though, you will need to choose between red and white oak.