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  • Birthday 11/09/1961

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  1. The Kidd class came in between the Spruance and the Arleigh Burke, but there were only 4 built.
  2. I have the complete makings of what we used to call in the Navy an "I Love Me" wall. Ships plaques, shadow boxes of medals, framed certificates, my cutlass, and other naval memorabilia. I just have not got a suitable wall to mount them on. What I have on the wall now is a couple of nautical charts. One of Cape Cod Bay the other is Buzzards Bay
  3. What are you missing? I have virtually a complete 2nd kit that I am not using. I had to buy a second one when a couple of major hull sections warped in the first one. Plus, I am not using any of the blocks, deadeyes, eyebolts, etc. from either kit. Regards,
  4. I agree with Frank and Gregory. The brace would come inboard through a sheave in the bulwark and belay to a cleat. The cleat would not be on the taffrail. It would be on the inside of the bulwark. Failing that I would use the deck cleat as Frank suggests. Regards,
  5. I still feel, with regard to her adding short splices here and there, that she has changed the ship. If someone looked at the ship 200 years from now would they assume that splices were supposed to be there and usual for rigging of the period? Or, would they have to guess which were the efforts of a conservator? If she did lengthen the lines where did she hide the extra length. Has she changed the way the line was belayed. A normal short splice will significantly shorten a line. What did she have to adjust to accommodate the change? Regards,
  6. Isn't the fact that she is adding short splices where none existed before, and shortening the line while doing so, effectively changing forever the original character of the object and potentially erasing historic information about practices, materials, contemporary thinking and tradition. I would have thought that obtaining the same material used for the line and replacing it would be more in keeping with the original intent of the builder. Regards,
  7. I have also been on the lookout for an adjustable height table. While I have seen several varieties that adjust upward I have yet to come across one that adjusts downward in order to facilitate the work on the upper rigging while seated. To me, that would be the more useful situation. Regards,
  8. I think your answer will be 'it depends'. It will depend on the ship type, the boom length, the captain, the circumstances, and probably a host of other factors. I would assume that , just as in today's Navy, the flagstaff is removable. It probably would sit in a step on the deck with a clamp to the tafferail. Regards,
  9. Lines that were to be handled together, such as your bunt and leech lines, would often be belayed on the same pin, as you would never be working these lines singly. Regards,
  10. What I find interesting about that paragraph is that there are instances of a modern "s" interspersed throughout. There is even a case where the elongated s and a normal s are used together, as in the word "encompafs" Regards
  11. Ouch!! My brain hurts.
  12. I disagree, Jud. The modern method of flying the ensign from a gaff is a direct holdover from sailing days when the ensign was flown while underway from the peak of the spanker or driver gaff. The gaff on a modern vessel is called that because it has the same function and location as of old. The only reason the halyard comes down to the signal bridge is because the signal bridge is most conveniently located under all of the halyards for the peak, gaff and yards. Even then the halyard belays to a cleat or pin at the rail or bulwark The halyard on a sailing man-o-war is a very light line. It would not have been any effort at all to have eased or shifted that line as needed to trim the driver. Remember also that the driver would not normally be shifted through a very wide range of motion; it's purpose being to increase or decrease pressure on the after sail area in order to keep a course with less helm (which is why it is called a driver.) Regards, Former Signalman. Flags were my business.
  13. I, as well as most of my extended and extensive family, have lived in the Boston, Massachusetts area since my grandparents came over around 1902-3 from Messina, Sicily on my mothers side and Portugal on my fathers side. We have had many family members in the military since WWI and even have a street named for us here in Boston. I have found it extremely difficult to trace my ancestry back to the old country due to the fact that many genealogical records for Italy and Portugal are held in local the local parish church. One of these years I will have to make a trip there to research in person. Regards,
  14. Rum, rum, and rum. 'Tis all you need.
  15. Definitely bluff bowed. I would go so far to say that every late 16th to early 17th century ship was bluff bowed. That's just the way it was done then.