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Louie da fly

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    Ballarat, Australia
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    History, particularly the Middle Ages

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  1. Ship in a Bottle

    Nice. Steven
  2. Nice job, Steve. The characters look very convincing and appropriate. Steven
  3. possible trip to Portsmouth

    I came over from Australia and travelled to Portsmouth by train (from Hastings). Simple and easy. Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior, plus the monitor HMS M33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_M33 . A good experience. Steven
  4. The meeting of Matthew Flinders in the Investigator and Nicolas Baudin in the Geographe in Encounter Bay, South Australia 1802. Thousands of miles from home, one going east, the other going west along the southern coast of Australia. What a coincidence! Or possibly the Bremen cog - almost completed - in its dock in the sudden surge of water in about 1380 AD that sank and buried it under mud till it was retrieved in the 20th century. Steven
  5. I went down to Warrnambool on the weekend for the annual regatta and championships. Lots of fun. Rowing with fixed seats in traditional boats. I was particularly interested in the rowing action with fixed seats, so I can get the oarsmen in my dromon right. But a fascinating event. Muggins here didn't think to take footage, but there are videos at https://b-m.facebook.com/SouthWestRegatta/ It was bloody freezing and windy, though, so perhaps not as many there as would otherwise have been. I'd never noticed that a whaleboat's steering oar has a tiller. And as there are an uneven number of oars, the coxswain must have to continuously compensate, to keep the boat from veering off to larboard. I missed the skiffs on Saturday, but they have rudders, and my heart is given to the steering oar. Steven
  6. Has anybody else seen this? https://www.livescience.com/53744-photos-medieval-dutch-shipwreck.html It was discovered in 2012 and (I think) raised in 2016, but I never saw it. How did I manage to miss it? So, we have another cog to study and learn from. Very exciting. Steven
  7. Don't Mention The Cricket

    Nice . . . until they beat us again! (I've seen it happen far too often in my cricket-following career ) Then the jokes will be travelling the other way. Steven
  8. What Goes Around Comes Around

    Well done, that man!
  9. After a few months in the water it would probably be supporting a fine growth of underwater weed - particularly if (as I suppose) it's the Golden Hind sailing into tropical waters. But I don't think that would be very pleasant to look at - I agree with Druxey - do what you want to do. Steven
  10. Perhaps to make them easier to find in dark/overcast/mist? Steven
  11. My dromon now has all its oarports cut out and internal stiffening from stringers. And the Emperor (whose ship it is), some courtiers and a Varangian bodyguard.
  12. What Goes Around Comes Around

    A very nice story. Sometimes things were just meant to be. It's good when an old, well-loved model is brought back to its former glory. You've rendered a great service and made someone very happy. Well done, sir. Steven
  13. Mary Rose

    Never got to see the Mary Rose when we went to the UK in 2009 - they'd just started building the new home for her and all we got to see where the artefacts recovered. They were pretty amazing, though - especially the surgeon's huge syringe! I hope to see her next time we go, but it's a long way to travel . . . Steven
  14. Flying Cloud Voyage of 1851

    Another thought - perhaps the line they followed is a "Great Circle" - a curve joining the ends of a diameter of the Earth - that is the shortest route over the surface f a sphere. I don't have the math to work this out, but it may be a possibility.
  15. Flying Cloud Voyage of 1851

    Two thoughts occur - Both ships may have been staying well clear the coast until they reached the right latitude and then sailed east along the parallel until they reached the coast. Unless I was totally certain of the accuracy of my chronometer I'd be treating the longitudinal calculations not as totally reliable but "more of a set of goideloines". I wouldn't risk the safety of the ship on them unless I had to. The other thing is the prevailing winds. If they are westerly, the coast becomes a lee shore - much to be avoided. Even if they only got occasional westerlies, I'd be staying well away from the coast if possible until it was time to go into port. Steven

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