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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. List your miseries here

    We have our own regulations here. Possibly even tougher. There's no escape that way . . . Steven
  2. Some Endeavour Rigging Detail

    A parrel truck on the fore topsail! I thought they had gone out of use by that time (or am I just showing my iggerance?) Steven
  3. A Strange Place For A Titanic Memorial

    In Ballarat where I live, there is a bandstand in the main street in memory of the Titanic's bandsmen. Steven
  4. Master and commander, the movie..

    Barefoot really isn't as bad as it may seem to us moderns if you've become accustomed to it. I was barefoot right through primary school and my feet get really tough - there was almost nothing that would pierce the skin (except a certain kind of thorn known as a double-gee which would get through almost anything). Being barefoot is actually very comfortable and as a tenderfoot nowadays I look back on those days with some nostalgia. Let's face it, we evolved barefoot. And bare feet give you a much better grip on ratlines, footropes and even decking. Next time you're up on the roof, try doing it without shoes on and you'll see what I mean. Steven
  5. Modern Arts vs. Greek Antiquity

    Yes, certainly not a trireme - a monoreme (I think there's such a word). I expect the modelmaker and the people at the hotel didn't know what the word meant - it's not Greek after all, it's Latin - AND in the wrong alphabet. The Greek word was trireis. Nice piece of work, though. More the "spirit" of a galley than an attempt at an accurate rendition, and as such it succeeds very well. Steven
  6. At least I can answer the one about the preventer stay - it was a back-up for the stay itself in case it broke. Instead of an almighty disaster you'd have a nuisance - you'd still have to replace the stay itself as soon as possible, but in the meantime the preventer stay would hold the mast in place. Steven
  7. Haloo from Java, Indonesia

    Selamat datang, Jonk. I've always admired traditional Indonesian ships and boats. They are very elegant. Steven
  8. My dromon - three planks (and a bit of tweaking) to go before she's completely planked. Plus a stand under construction for when I take her off the plug. And here she is with the planking completed. Steven
  9. The trouble with coins is that they only mean anything to the people in the same country as the modeller. Not being from the US, I have only a vague idea of the size of the coin in the above photo. The ruler, on the other hand, is more informative - but then, I was raised on feet and inches. Nowadays most countries use metric! Setven
  10. I've got a treasured piece of oak - an offcut from the Duyfken which I got while visiting her when she was being built. They were selling them as souvenirs, with the ship's name burnt into them. Such a pretty ship! And about the size of a crayboat. She was launched not on a slipway, but in a cradle. Steven
  11. I just had another look at the Lomellina report and it says the capstan was for raising the mainyard rather than the anchor, though I suppose there's no good reason it couldn't have been used for both. Steven
  12. The Lomellina, a Genoese carrack which sank in 1516 had a capstan just aft of the foremast - see http://archeonavale.org/lomellina/an/l_102a.html its keel is 34.18 metres (112 feet) long with a 2.25 metre stempost (the sternpost is missing) - see http://archeonavale.org/lomellina/an/l_9a.html - compared with Mary Rose's 32 metres (I don't know if this was length of keel or overall length). The home page of the excavation is at http://archeonavale.org/lomellina/index.html The Red Bay wreck of 1565, though later (and a galleon, not a carrack), also had a capstan, between the main and mizzen masts (see http://www.patrimoniocultural.gov.pt/media/uploads/trabalhosdearqueologia/18/22.pdf ), though it's debatable whether this was for the anchor. The Complaynte of Scotland of 1548 refers to the anchor being raised by a capstan. I hope this is of help. Steven
  13. Things you had wrong for a long time

    Brian and Bill, I always thought awry was pronounced to rhyme with Rory. And I know of someone who thought misled was mizzled.
  14. Things you had wrong for a long time

  15. Paul, great idea to start at the beginning of Hornblower's career. I have almost the whole set - I've read them all except Flying Colours, and I've lost my "Hotspur" (must get another copy!). But when you get to "The Happy Return" you may find a few minor discrepancies between it and the other books - it was the first Hornblower book written, and Forester seems to have developed Hornblower's personality somewhat differently in later books about his earlier career (an author's privilege, I suppose). It doesn't spoil the story, though.