Centuries ago, sailing involved many more challenges, especially threats that put the integrity of wooden ships at risk. But copper and brass were the solution that paved the way for a new era in maritime innovation.
It has been long way down until we got to the brassware we have available nowadays. Likely created through the smelting of copper ores with high concentrations of zinc, the earliest brass alloys had variable compositions. Producing brass was extremely challenging due to the high melting and boiling points of pure zinc, but the ancient managed to find a solution.