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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    What have I done today, you ask? 2nd interview in 2 weeks. One for a new position as County EMA Director last Friday, one for a promotion with my current employer today. Hopefully, one of them will pan out.
  2. As concerns your #2 above, one would expect that any USN ship would have reported the contact, although it may have been later to avoid letting the Bismark know she had been spotted. If nothing else, it should have been in the ship's log and cruise reports, thence in the naval records. I doubt that after some 80 years that type of information would still be classified, so a committed researcher should be able to prove/disprove by reviewing records/logs etc. from that time frame.
  3. While a bit dated now, you can not go wrong with Longridge.
  4. According to Steel, a sloop of 200 tons burthen would have 3 anchors of 15 cwt each and one kedge anchor of 3 cwt. He also offers detail on the vsrious cables, hawsers etc. for each rate.
  5. Well, to start the basic premise is only partially correct. A "Sloop of War" is just an unrated vessel with guns but not enough to be a 6th rate. Rig could be anything (brig, snow, ship etc.). Looking briefly at a few vessels rated as sloops I see capstans and, on at least 1, what appears to be an anchor windlass. If, on the other hand, there is no capstan or windlass, I suspect that the anchor is raised in the same way as cargo - using the yards as the attach point for block and tackle arrangements.
  6. What constitutes “Fighting Sails”?

    While there would be some commonality to what was used, there was also flexibility - each Captain and sailing master had preferences based on individual ship performance and, more important, tactical environment (meteorological and engagement type). Mark is quite correct that the largest sails were generalky not used, as they were for stronger winds and cruising, not manuevering. In general terms, one or two topsails may have been set, along with a couple of staysails and, depending on wind conditions, the driver (spanker). Take a look at the many period paintings available to get a feel for the various arrangements.
  7. David Rice

    Whilst considering myself to be in reasonably good shape for the shape I am in, I have a memorandum in my "when I'm gone" folder which contains login info for several websites where I have asked that they advise the other members of my demise. It also includes some additional notifications that would be desirable (ARRL, NESA. former FDs and so on). I'm a planner...it's just who I am.
  8. rigid ratlines

    When a lashing is applied correctly, there is no need for pins or notches. Lashing techniques were developed specifically to connect dissimilar items in various configurations as an expedient repair or build. I suspect that one reason that rigid ratlines were less commonly used relates to the loss of "flexibility" and adjustability for the shrouds. With rope ratlines, they flex with the shroud and allow shroud adjustment without necessitating re-lashing each ratline. A rigid ratline would apply additional twisting stress to the remsining shrouds were one adjusted. When considering the use in the whaling fleet, is it perhaps because of the smaller crew (need to get up and down a mast quickliy to also serve the other mast or lines on deck) and/or use as work platforms when processing whales? Two final considerations. First, use of wood vs rope ratlines brings with it increased weight in the upoerworks, impacting stability in a detrimental manner. Second, and then I will shut up, applies prinsipally to war ships. Rigid ratlines would be more vulnerable to damage, potentially affecting the shrouds, but also impacting the ability of the crew to serve the mast. Also, more shrapnel. Of course, I have no documentation, just a combination of 50 years is Scouting (knowledge of lashing) and an interest in traditional approaches to ship stability.
  9. Gun Ports

    Davis did some good work as one of the early naval architects turned hobby modeller mentor. Writing for a much different audience, he frequently provides a snippet of the information - just enough (often) to achieve something, but not enough to go any further. Nothing mean or lazy, just vastly different times. If we take a gander at works by Lee (masting and rigging), among others, we can quickly begin to wander the rabbit hole. In an effort to simplify and condense large tables of numbers for lines, poles, spars, blocks, yada yada, the desired dimension (let's use the length of the mizzen gizzard on a 1730 54 gun ship (a ficticious item as I am to lazy to get my book). The gizzard, in contemporary literature, is given as a table of length on deck (across the top) and number of guns (down the side). Now, Lee may have gone through this and found that in 1730, the mizzen gizzard was actually 2.31 times some other item dimension, likewise calculated from some other dimension. The thing of it is, decimal math wasn't in common use - the division left a remainder in xx/yy. Thr builder of old would have used something like 2 and 29/94 units. Modern calculators make those conversions to decimal so easy!
  10. There are, conservatively, dozens of books about Trafalgar (and/or Nelson, and/or HMS Victory). These range from contemporary reports and "dramatizations" to recent scholarship and reinterpretation (historical, biographical and sociological perspectives). Some works are quite "readable" and others much less so. So, then, are you asking about a new book titled Trafalgar, or looking for a recommendation? If a recommendation, what variety interests you (contemporary, mid-19th century? 20th century? Personal history? Military history? Strategic analysis? Historic re-analysis?). So many choices!
  11. Gun Ports

    Any particular time period? By the early 18th century there was some attempt to have a standard size, but it wasn't until later in the century that it was adopted in the yards. See, for example, Sutherland's various editions as well as the various establishments (Compiled in book form by Allan Yedlinsky) where the port size is related to number of guns and deck (which, approximately, matches the size of the ordinance). There is also some guidance in various treatises published during the 1750's and later (Rees, Steele, others).
  12. Name the Ship Game

    So, then. Any thoughts on the type of vessel represented in this drawing believed to have been made by a 10 year old George Washington in 1742? For details, see https://www.history.com/news/drawing-by-10-year-old-george-washington-found
  13. I have the Aeropicola Essex plans here - will look for them this evening and see what the "Tr" stands for.
  14. Greatest 74 gun ship

    You have asked an interesting question. If we ignore the honours and distinctions, realizing that opportunity and luck were pre-eminent influencers, then the qualities enumerated by Raleigh (and often repeated) are pretty much what you have listed. It is a challenge, of course, to compare vessels across time. The understanding and application of shape factors changed over time, as did the size and materials used. These, along with the masting and rigging, contributed to the sailing quailities. When looking at number in each class, the historical context is important - was there a war with rapid building? Was there a central design or were individual builders designing? What was the political climate (budgetary)? What was the bureacracy - Symmonds? Sepping? Fincham? Crueze? During the early to mid 1800's, each had different design philosophies, and different results.

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