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  1. Hi Mark. Thank you. I hope the info is of some use. I've been keeping up with your posts on the ship and I'm looking forward to seeing, and perhaps reading, the results of your researches with great anticipation.
  2. Hi Mark, Tiffs, BMPs or JPEGs should be useable as intermediate formats to use with Inkscape conversion. TIFF's and BMP's can be very big though. There would be no need to set white to transparent. See below, two screen grabs from my very cheap CAD program - it's certainly not AutoCAD. Produced after importing into Inkscape, tracing bitmap (under the Path menu) and importing into the CAD program. (I have a passing fascination with the HMYRC, you might notice.)
  3. Hi Mark, I've tried a quick conversion to SVG in Inkscape, unfortunately the website won't allow me to upload it as an SVG file. It does work however, and, I think, quite effectively.
  4. Hi Mark, Bitmap (probably more correctly termed raster formats) image formats represent the image as a fixed grid of pixels with a colour component per pixel, and possibly transparency which is the apha channel. Drawing formats, like CAD formats and SVG (Scalar Vector Graphic), represent the image/drawing as a series of primitives, lines, curves etc. As you scale a bitmap image it will become pixelated, while a drawing will simple redraw, accurately, at larger resolution; zoom in to a CAD drawing as compared to zooming in to a digital photograph. The example was done in GIMP. There is an option under the color menu item for 'color to alpha'. Using white as the color to treat as alpha/transparency produces that effect. GIMP has it's own file format, so you have to export the image as something like a PNG which will include transparency. JPG will not allow transparency. Because your carving drawings are black and white (or nearly) Inkscape may be able to do a good conversion from the formats produced by your scanner to SVG, if your scanner doesn't produce SVGs anyway (would depend on how expensive, if it can do things like character recognition for example). There are also online converters but you might have to pay. Also, JPG format is lossy, that is to say it uses compression that loses detail; whilest PNG is loss less, it uses compression that does not lose detail. Hope I've been of help.
  5. It would depend on what your image format is from the scanner. With a number of the image editing programs you can set a particular colour to transparent. (Try Gnu Image Manipulation Program, GIMP - I know awful name, but it is a good program). Something like that may be what you are looking for and would work for the bitmap type formats. You'd have to save it in the correct format as well, JPGs don't do transparent, PNG's and BMPs do. If you want a drawing rather than a bitmap try Inkscape. Import from your scanned image and convert to SVG. The drawings of the carvings would then be scalable as well. I think most CAD software should be able to deal with SVG's now. Hope you don't mind my attempt at a quick example.
  6. A quick search on Google has turned up another painting by Cleveley of HMY Royal Caroline. https://www.bonhams.com/magazine/16555/ The text also makes mention of yet another painting in the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Not sure if you have seen these. The painting listed by Bonhams does show a red chimney too, but I can't make out the deck colour. Relative to the original question, there was a floor covering used during the 19th century called floorcloth or oilcloth. This consisted to canvas with linseed oil based paint troweled on so that the canvas became saturated. Sometimes patterns were printed on top. It was waterproof and hard wearing. I'm not sure how far back production of floorcloth goes, but it went out of favor in the late 19th century as linoleum became the floor converging of choice other than carpet. However, Nairn's, the linoleum manufacturer, used to claim everyone from paupers to the Tsar's royal yacht used their floorcloth.
  7. Possibly, if the decks were teak they would go grey with exposure to the elements.
  8. Who was wearing the suit in the Patterson Gimlin film of 67 and who made the suit.
  9. Interesting images of the scars caused by the anchor, but also the damage caused to the hawsehole by the anchor chain. I assume they've had to use a chain because of modern maritime regulations, but it does look to be causing some harm. She'll need a refit on return.
  10. Hi Jesse, Probably maple, or sycamore rather than beech. As Duff says, beech is seldom used in musical instruments but maple certainly is. Beech is also rather pink in colour. Check the Wood Database here http://www.wood-database.com/
  11. Curiously, the figure head may represent Hercules who was often depicted wearing a lion skin and wielding a club. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules