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  1. Deadeyes and Chainplates

    Are they brass? If so, you can anneal them to make them more pliable. Then you can "spring" them around the deadeye and squeeze them gently to hold the deadeye snugly. Russ
  2. I agree with Wayne. Look at the plan when you get it and see if it is marked on the plan. Russ
  3. In its simplest form, it is the length on deck minus 3/5 of the breadth. If the length on deck were 50 ft and the breadth was 17 ft, then the length of the keel for tonnage would be 39.8 ft. Let us say the depth of the hold was 4 ft. Now, multiply 39.8 x 17 x 4 and you get 2706.4. Divide that by 94 and you get 28 79/94 tons. It is not the actual length of the keel, but what they used in the tonnage calculation. This is called the Builder's Old Measure. It was used through about the mid 1860s in the US and was replaced by the Moorsom system that more accurately calculated internal capacity. Russ
  4. oyster skiff On horses

    Thanks. These little skiffs are fun to build and do not take very much time to get a nice result. Russ
  5. This is a 14 ft long oyster skiff used along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  6. commission completed in December 2016