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  • Birthday 07/22/1946

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  1. I have read Severin's book, but am still unclear about the rigging. I am particularly interested in where the sheets, halliards, etc., were secured on the boat. There is no evidence of cleats or the equivalent of belaying pins, and I suspect the lines were simply tied around the thwarts or perhaps to the thole pins, since the oars would probably not have been used when the sails were deployed. The link to the Brendan curragh replica was fun to watch, but I couldn't get much new info from it. I have looked through the Traditional Boats of Ireland site, but not much there about curragh masts, sails, and rigging. Thanks for the replies. I will post a picture of the model soon. I am currently sculpting figures for the curragh, including one of Saint Columba, who sailed from Ireland to Scotland in 653. James
  2. I am finishing up a model of a 6th-century Irish currach. I would like to show it with sails, but cannot find good images or diagrams that clearly show how sails on such a craft would be rigged. Any information, links, or references would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. James
  3. That's what I thought, but wishful thinking led me to post a query on this distinguished ship model list. I may just get some images or plans of general schooners of the period and fit them to Morrison's dimensions. This is, in some respects, the best kind of model to make, since no one can say that this or that is inaccurate!
  4. Does no one on this list have any information on this vessel? I have had many views but no responses!
  5. I am interested in building a model of the schooner "Resolution", built on Tahiti by one of the Bounty mutineers, James Morrison. The basic measurements are in Morrison's journal, but I can find no record of the vessel's general appearance. Morrison's journal describes the vessel as follows: "The Plan being drawn to the Following dimentions,: —Length of the Keel 30 feet, Length on Deck 35 feet, Length of the Stern post 6 f. 6 in., Stem 7 f. 2 in., Breadth 9 f. 6 in. on the Midship frame; depth of the Hold 5 feet; breadth of the Floors & Timbers 4 inches to 3 1/2 thickness 3 1/4 to 2 1/2; Keel Stem & Stern post 8 inches by 4". Would anyone be able to help by providing information about this vessel in particular or other schooners of the late 18th period (assuming that Morrison's design followed the designs of the day)? Thanks! JM Norton
  6. Actually I intended the captain to be the fellow at the tiller. The white-haired guy at the bow is the avatar of my late father, who was himself a wonderful ship modeler and armchair nautical adventurer. I began doing ship models when I inherited his set of ship modeling tools and supplies, so I put a figure of him on all my models. So far, he has been in the Bounty's launch with Bligh, sailed in an Irish curragh with Saint brendan, crewed a 1930's Pitcairn Island wooden longboat, and now has journeyed from Cornwall to Australia on a fishing lugger. He gets around.
  7. I am in the US. I made the model for a long-time friend whose mother is a distant relative of the captain. I learned so much about Cornwall and the Cornish fishing industry that Imwould like to visit the region someday.
  8. This is a follow-up to my query about zinc plating. To simulate zinc plating on my Mount's Bay lugger model, I ended up using aluminum foil tape purchased at a local big-box building supply store. According to the manufacturer, the adhesive on this duct repair tape was good for a wide range of temperatures, from below freezing to well above boiling, so I figured it would sick all right to the smoothed, primed hull of my model. I cut scale rectangles to represent the 14" by 48" plates, and embossed them around the edges using a pounce wheel to represented the nail heads. I realize that this is not quite correct or realistic, since the nail heads would have been flush with the surface of the plates, or even recessed a little, but I felt that the visual effect of slightly raised nails was important to the overall look of the model. The aluminum foil tape was very shiny, but all it took was a spray with Dullcoat to give the plates a pewter-like appearance, close enough to the appearance of zinc plates. Below is a photo of the hull, after finishing the application of the plates and spraying with Dullcoat. As I worked up from the keel and forward from the stern, I let the plates follow the curve of the hull, but the topmost row was applied along the waterline. In the photo, the rudder is in place, sheathed with foil plates below the waterline to match the hull, but has not yet been sprayed with Dullcoat. The effect of the Dulcoat on the shiny aluminum plates is clearly apparent.
  9. I am building a model of the Mystery, a Mount's Bay lugger that sailed from Cornwall to Australia in 1854-55. Apparently the hull was plated with zinc before this voyage. I would appreciate whatever advice MSW members can give me about how best to model zinc plating. Thanks. James