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  • Birthday 11/08/1947

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    Calgary, Canada
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    photography, Ship model Design & building

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  1. pollex

    Them Old Jokes

    Groan!!! That's an oldie. The late Sir David Frost included that on his 33-1/3 album "The Frost Report on Everything!" 40 years ago. MP
  2. Hello Patrick; With reference to the "Golden Hind", I bought a set of drawings from Glasgow many years ago (30?) which were drawn by the late Harold A. Underhill. He named this set of drawings, an "Elizabethan Galleon" HAU was an excellent draughtsman. His details are very interesting. They were sold by "Brown, Ferguson & Son" I'm sure you'll find them on the internet. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
  3. Hello "Mike" These are fascinating pictures. What size (bore) are the cannons? They look similar to the British size 24-pounders with an 8' bore. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
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    Terrors of a sailors life

    Hello Mark T. Are you thinking of Dr. Johns(t)on's late 17th century quote "That being a sailor is like living in jail, with the option of being drowned" ? Pollex, Calgary
  5. Hello Bear; Setting a lateen Sail is an interesting challenge! I've studied sail rigs for some time and would have thought the sail was set outside the shrouds! I'm referring to "Mediterranean" practices which were tried later in European waters. Reports of King Richard's fleet sailing to Acre in 1192, describe his oared-galleys attacking and sinking a "huge" 3-masted Muslim ship, which may have been a dromond. Huge ships would have required larger sails. John Pryor, an Australian scholar has studied these vessels, and written a paper on them. I can't find this reference at the moment. European sailors used to square sails, were cautiously "experimenting" with lateen sails (say 1500's) which is why they were much smaller. Arab dhows also had large lateen sails which would not work inside the shrouds. Regards, Pollex Calgary
  6. Hello David Goulden; Please look at <metromarine.org> This is the website of "Metro Marine Modellers" of Toronto. They usually have a club meeting each month, on the 3rd Friday I believe. Check the site to see if you can "connect" in July or August. They used to have a list of hobby shops and sources most useful to model builders. It would be great if you could "connect" with someone either at a Fun Run or a Sunday sailing event. There are Static, Scale & Sailing Divisions. This club was a special part of my life during the 10+ years I lived in Toronto. Regards, Pollex
  7. Hello Druxy; I have a book "Bluenose II" Saga of the Great fishing Schooners Measured Drawings by LB Jensen. This is a soft-cover book 11"x14" (almost). Nimbus Publishing 1994/2002 ISBN 1-55109-063-5 125pp. Is this the book you're referring to? Regards, Pollex (Calgary)
  8. Hello Squire Trelawney (aka S. Coleman); The cutwater is never planked, as it's a "build-up" of timbers extending up from the keel. It's painted like the rest of the hull, which in this case would either be black (tar) or off-white cream (white-stuff). Hope this helps, Pollex
  9. Hello Ulises; I've taken a quick look through your build. I'd suggest you carefully check the "pitch" or the angle of the bowsprit. Check the angle with the waterline, as it looks very steep, almost 45 degrees! Is it really supposed to be this steep? Kind regards, pollex (Calgary)
  10. Re: DWL & LWL It is always fascinating to read extracts from the logs of 18th & early 19th century ships of the British Royal Navy, where Captains were urged to report (in as much detail as possible), the ship's best point of sailing, the draughts and the loading of stores & ballast. These extracts are found in books by Gardiner & Lavery, etc. and show how important the Admiralty considered them for reviewing present ships and future designs. I'm convinced that the mathematical reckonings for DWL & LWL were known as early as the beginning of the 1600's by Phineas Pett & Co. but were kept as the secret "black magic" by which they presented designs and estimates preferred to their competitors. Later, as mathematics became a more public knowledge say after 1750, design theory added to practical build experience. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
  11. Re: Surcouf (Alexmd) This was a most interesting vessel, which was lost in the Carribean during the war. She must have sailed with the "Free French", the French seamen who were willing to fight within the Royal Navy, as I don't think she was lost after "VE Day". I seem to remember that there were two 8" guns in the turret, although not the cause of her sinking. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
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    Steam Vents

    Hello Forum Friends; I have a lovely glazed porcelain/clay teapot which piddles like crazy. Looking at it closely, I realized it was made without a steam vent! Whenever I filled it up, The pressure built up under the lid & pushed the tea out the spout! How can I drill a hole without cracking the glaze or clay? I have some very tiny Numbered drill-bits which I can use in a finger-drill or fine "diamond" bits made for Dremel type drills. The obvious answer is "very carefully" :-) Has anyone done this? Regards, Mark Pollex (Calgary)
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    Stowing anchor rode in 18th C.

    Re: 'The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor'. For Canadian modellers among us who may be interested in obtaining a copy of this book, it is available in Canada at "Lee Valley Tools". My hardcover copy was published in 2000 by Algrove Publishing Limited, ISBN 0-921335-71-7. Please check the Lee Valley site for the current pricing & availability. Regards, Mark Pollex, Calgary.
  14. Hello Lextin, You mentioned earlier (post #301) that you weren't sure of some rigging details. Let me refer you to "Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft" by Lennarth Petersson. I hope you'll be able to find it. My copy is dated 2007 and was published both by Naval Institute Press, USA and Chatham Publishing, UK. ISBN 978-1-59114-721-3 The contents cover the British Naval Cutter, the French Lugger and the American Schooner. I paid C$53.95, good value for over 110 pages. I hope this helps. Mark Pollex
  15. Hello Matrim; It's good to see more books covering the topic ships of Eastern Asia. I became intrigued this subject when I discovered several titles written by Gavin Menzies. Gavin with his book "1421" challenged the "sacred cow" of American History that Columbus was the first foreigner from Europe to discover America in 1492! Although the large fleets of Cheng He date about 150 years later than the Mongol invasion, this is still a similar Marine Archeological Study. Others inspired by Menzies have been studying huge wrecks found on the east Australian, New Zealand, and Oregon coasts. Evidence of huge mahogany timbers, and ferro-cement bulkheads 600 years old have also been found in China. What a fascinating study! Regards, Pollex

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