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  1. That looks like the 1919 by Davis. A very good overview but, and this is the key to using any reference, the value depends on the degree of historical accuracy you desire. The higher the level of period accuracy desired, the more important contemporary records and resources become. This is a good reference for general wooden shipbuilding, though not specific to period, nation or vessel.
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    New here

    Amazing work by you both! Welcome to MSW - I have admired your work for some time, and as I have no artistic ability, enjoy seeing the results of those so endowed.
  3. Sorry it took so long - have been recovering from a crashed hard drive (fortunately, I did have a good backup of my databases). Here are a few downloadable dictionaries that may be of use to you (in addition to the members available to support with translation). Neuman, Henry. 1799. A Marine Pocket Dictionary of the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German Languages, with an English-French and French-English Index. London: Printed for the author and sold by T. Hurst. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008895773. Paasch, H. 1885. From Keel to Truck: A Marine Dictionary in English, French and German, Amply Illustrated by Explanatory Diagrams of the Most Important Details for the Use of Ship-Owners ... Antwerp: Ratinckx Frères. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008909120. Paasch, Heinrich. 1901. “From Keel to Truck” Marine Dictionary in English, French & German... The author. https://books.google.com/books?id=mG_VAAAAMAAJ&. Reehorst, Karel Pieter ter. 1850. The Mariner’s and Merchant’s Polyglot Technical Dictionary of Upwards of Five Thousand Nautical, Steam, and Ship-Building Terms, Commercial and Scientific, in Ten Different Languages, ... with a Precise Explanatory Key to the Pronunciation of These Languages, and a Comparative Table of the Money, Weights and Measures of Sea Ports. London : Williams and Northgate ... http://archive.org/details/gri_33125012932121.
  4. Somewhere on this forum I think I shared a link to a German/French(?)/English nautical phrasebook. I don't have access to my digital archive at the moment (time to head off to the paying job) but will check into it tonight if I get the chance
  5. This looks fantastic - love these fishing type vessels. Mind if I also follow along?
  6. Too me, the intriquing aspect is the decimal - not a common notation in the late 18th century. Likewise, at that time, any measurements were imperial (feet and inches) not metric or even decimal feet. Compass bearings were in degrees, minutes, seconds, not decimal. Also not really needed for a fixed battery.
  7. What is the date for the emplacements - do they date from 1790 or are they later (not that I know anything to illuminate the issue, just curious). If one were to speculate, and have no relevant knowledge, one might (okay, I might) postulate the use of the numbers to indicate the assigned gun commander. It looks like the 10.6 are all close together, while 10.7 & 10.8 are physically separate. Or, it could be graffiti carved at some later date. I have some free time this weekend (honey-do list permitting) and will do a wee bit of digging.
  8. Wicked nice looking! The planking on mine has now taken about 4 years (including packing and moving to a new to us house about 3 years ago). I am envious of your success!
  9. Looking at Crothers, most of those with mast rake given in table 29.1 refer back to reports (contemporary) in the Boston Daily Atlas. Duncan MacLean, over a 7 year period, provided information on some 161 vessels. Mast rakes given in the table by Crothers (main mast, inches of rake in 12 inches) range from "nearly vertical" to 1 1/2" (or about a 7.1 degree rake for the Witch). Note thst there are several with that degree of rake.
  10. Larger versions of the Chapelle plans may be at the Smithsonian. The MacGregor plans may be available from this catalog: Https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/david-macgregor-ship-plans-collection-july-2013.pdf
  11. The Boston Daily Atlas is, in general, a very good resource for reasonably accurate descriptions of vessels, taking into account that at least some of the narratives were as much braggadocio (by owner and builder) as factual. The owner may embellish in order to one-up competing owners (and, perhaps, for ego enhancement). The builder may embellish to gain more sales. Either way, newspaper accounts are pretty good references. Chapelle, regrettably, was very lax in his citation of sources used. Howe and Matthews (1986 Dover reprint) provide 4 pages on the ship, though no citations. Some highlights: 220x40x21 and 1498 tons (om) or 997 tons (foreign measurement). The mast rake varied - fore 1 1/4, main 1 1/2 and mizzen 1 3/4 inches to the foot. Also provides mast lengths and so forth. Probably, based on the syntax, from the news article. David MacGregor in The Tea Clippers offers an alternate lines plan and a photo of the model by McNarry. He also uses the 220 foot length (note that Lubbock went with 202 feet) in the text, although the plan uses 202 feet. While the notes on the plan are difficult to read, I could make out that it was based to some degree on that of Chapelle.
  12. Seawatch is a fairly small company, and usually quite responsive. The owner can frequentky be found on this forum as well.
  13. Here are a few items which may be of use to you: Brooks, F. W. 1927. “A French Eighteenth-Century Document On The Construction Of Galleys.” The Mariner’s Mirror 13 (3): 238–47. https://doi.org/10.1080/00253359.1927.10655426 Gardiner, Robert, and Richard W. Unger, eds. 1994. Cogs, Caravels, and Galleons: The Sailing Ship, 1000-1650. Conway’s History of the Ship. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. Gray, Randal. 1978. “SPINOLA’S GALLEYS IN THE NARROW SEAS, 1599–1603.” The Mariner’s Mirror 64 (1): 71–83. https://doi.org/10.1080/00253359.1978.10659067 Hoving, Ab J. 2014. 17th Century Dutch Merchant Ships: Text, Photos and Plans for the Ship Modeler. Florence, OR: SeaWatch Books. http://www.seawatchbooks.com/114003 Kirsch, Peter. 1990. The Galleon: The Great Ships of the Armada Era. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002216432
  14. I will see what I have that may be of use to you. Are you interested in any particular nation?
  15. trippwj

    How to measure a jib boom?

    That is correct - the actual length of the spar. The angle from horizontal could be changed to a certain degree, which would change that horizontal measurement. The physical length of the spar, however, remained the same.

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