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Mark P

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  • Birthday 09/08/1960

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    Rutland, England
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    Sailing ship models, scratch built. History, art, architecture, cultural.

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  1. Hi Dave; The contemporary model of HMS Ajax in the Science Museum archive, which I have studied and photographed out of its case, has red bulwarks and black spirketting on its upper deck (the black spirketting is not as common as red, from what I have seen) This is then repeated on the lower deck, although it is much more difficult to see. The centre-line fittings on the lower deck are also painted red, as are the sides of all the deck beams to the upper deck and lower deck (and presumably their undersides, although none of my photographs show these) All the best, Mark P
  2. Marine Walk

    Hi Ron; You got it exactly right. That's the marine walk. All the best, Mark P
  3. Marine Walk

    Greetings Ron; The marine walk is a tapered grating which runs from the top of the beakhead bulkhead forward onto the bowsprit. It was presumably to give a good vantage point for a marine sentry when in port, or for several marines in battle. HMS Victory has a good example. Look for pictures of her bows, and you will easily spot this. All the best, Mark P
  4. Hi Tim/Steven; Further to earlier posts, I am reading Lavery's book 'Nelsons's Navy, Ships, Men & Organization', and he says that the ship's carpenter and his mates were responsible for making the mess tables and benches for the crew, and the tables and chairs for the gunroom and wardroom. As this would have been done using government supplied timber, there would certainly have been an official listing of what they were allowed to make. All the best, Mark P
  5. Hi Allan; My guess is that it is drawn this way to show the termination of the main rail clearly, as this is obscured by a normally drawn cat-head. Can't think of any other reason; and I've certainly never seen a cat-head this way on either a model or a draught. All the best, Mark P
  6. Hi Allan; Thanks for the info. I will see if I can get a look at this once the plans archive is accessible again (it's shut at the moment while the storage area is re-built) Concerning beam arms, nothing I have been able to find is any earlier than your draught. Everything from the Restoration era neither mentions nor shows beam arms. All the best, Mark P
  7. Hi Dafi & Druxey; Thank you for your thoughts. I was not aware that the ladders were changed when clearing for action. Was this a widespread thing, or limited to certain ladders on certain vessels? Druxey: I had to look up 'rubric'; that's a new one on me. I always thought it was something connected with religion! I've sent an email to the staff at 'Victory', asking about the means of access to the storerooms. I will pass on any reply I get. All the best, Mark P
  8. Hi Allan; The draught you show looks like a good detailed one. Is this the Elizabeth, 1706, which you refer to? All the best. Mark P
  9. Good evening Druxey, Wayne; Thank you for your thoughts on this. I think that this paragraph served as a general 'catch-all' specification, which would cover anything that might have been missed in the main part of the contract. Some of the things listed here have already been described in their due place. It could indeed refer to the railing around the companionway, as these were certainly features of the deck furniture, and they could be said to 'encase' the stair; although I don't think I've ever seen the ladders called anything except ladders. I that it could well also relate to the means of accessing the store rooms. Does anyone have any knowledge of what is fitted in the 'Victory' for this? I've been to see her, but the storage rooms are not part of the general tour. On the red drawings for inboard works, the ladders into the magazine and aft powder room are normally shown. However, nothing is shown to give access into the store-rooms, which, even if they were not as deep as the hold, would still have been pretty far below the orlop, especially when empty. And a set of staples in the bulkhead would not take up a lot of room. I think that I will send an email to the people at the Victory, and see if they can shed any light on this. Isn't it Peter Goodwin who is in charge nowadays? All the best, Mark P
  10. Hi Michael; Jim Lad is right. Many ropes for the running rigging lead through blocks under the top, then down the inside of the shrouds, often passing through a 'shroud truck', (I think it is called) which is a wooden tube lashed to the shrouds to contain the rope and give a fair lead to the belaying point. For top & topgallant sails, some of the ropes belay to a cleat which is lashed to the inside of a topmast shroud. All the best, Mark P
  11. Hi everyone; I have looked at the plan of the orlop for 'Tremendous', a 74 launched in 1784, and the scuttles are close to the bulkheads, which would allow access to a ladder fixed to the bulkhead. Bearing in mind that the depth in hold is 20 feet, they would certainly have needed a means of climbing down. The inboard works does not show any ladders here, so maybe the 'Iron Stair Case' does refer to a means of getting down into the storage rooms in the hold. All the best, Mark P
  12. One further thought: Could this refer to large iron staples set horizontally into the bulkheads of the storage rooms in the hold, adjacent to the scuttles, to allow men to climb down into the store. I'm thinking of the Bread Room, Fish Room, Steward's Room, & Spiritous Liquors Room (and please, don't anyone suggest it might be the magazine ) Similar to the steps set into manholes to allow men to climb down inside them. I will look at some deck plans to see if this might work. All the best, Mark P
  13. Hi Druxey; Handwritten it is; but completely clear, see below. I have also just noticed that the contract for 'Bombay Castle', dated 1779 (the contract for 'Ganges/Culloden' above is dated 1778) contains exactly the same wording. Interestingly, the one for 'Ganges/Culloden' is in 3 different hands, whereas the one for 'Bombay Castle' is all in one hand. It also occurs in the contracts for 'Culloden' of 1770, and 'Bellerophon' of 1782. Ganges Bombay Castle Culloden, contract 1770 Bellerophon, contract 1782 It might be a standard insertion, but it must have an origin somewhere. All the best, Mark P
  14. Hi Mark; Thank you for the reply. The contract is indeed of a pretty standard format, but I've never seen this before. All the best, Mark P
  15. Unusual ship models

    Hi Frankie; Thanks for the postings. The hot-rod ship is something that someone, somewhere might just have built, and would be great to see. I just love the fishmarine though! What a great idea that is. Someone with a real sense of humour made this, I think. Where did you see it? All the best, Mark P