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  3. An interesting comparison - muzzle loading black powder guns of old had a muzzle velocity on the order of 1,600 feet per second. The 5"/54 caliber Mark 45 gun used by the US Navy has a muzzle velocity on the order of 2,600 ft/sec. 16 inch guns on an Iowa Class Battleship likewise were about 2,600 ft/sec.
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  6. For an interesting discussion of the history and production of pine tar (same stuff, generic name) during the day of hemp, see The utility on model shrouds and standing rigging is at best marginal - the scaling of the lines (and the material used) will likely result in a change to the accuracy of the hue relative to the material. It also is potentially a source of frustration over time as it could become a great dust attractant and collector, as well as occasional liquification and dripping onto otherwise clean woodwork. I am not sure if anyone has taken samples of rigging from contemporary models to determine the nature of the compound used to obtain the tinting. Would be an interesting analysis!
  7. Wow! she came out quite attractive!
  8. Very nice find! Here is the link (note it is the 1812 edition) Steel, David. 1812. The Elements and Practice of Naval Architecture; Or: A Treatise on Ship-Building, Theoretical and Practical, on the Best Principles Established in Great Britain. With Copious Tables of Dimensions, &c. Illustrated with a Series of Thirty-Nine Large Draughts, ... Steel and Company.
  9. Fortunately, most of the noise from firing the guns was to the outside of the hull as the sound was directed out of the gun barrel. It would still be very loud in the hull, but the concussive shockwave of the firing was not present to rupture ear drums and such.
  10. Uncertain how American practice may have varied from British. For British, you might find something in Rees or Steel. For US, possibly in Humphreys notebook.
  11. Can't answer the IPad vice PC query, but the other one is straightforward. If you have posted in a topic it gets a star or asterisk. If not, there is a bullet point. The nice thing is that if you click on either the star or the circle it takes you to the first unread post in that log. Hope that helps!
  12. An interesting portrait - I wonder how accurate the "British School, 19th Century" classification is? If it were by Hilliard (note they indicate " IN THE MANNER OF NICHOLAS HILLIARD" ) it would certainly be from the right era. A 19th Century portrait would certainly prompt some closer checking for the details and accuracy there of. Did you note the similarity between the Presumed portrait of Drake and the portrait by Hilliard of George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland found here:
  13. Welcome to the world of "modern" museums, where the focus is on providing open spaces and a few changing exhibits in a multimedia format that entertains. It is, to a dinosaur such as myself, both depressing and frustrating. I much prefer to read as my learning style - standing in line to watch some narrated video on a monitor is not enjoyable. I suppose there is a need to change with the times to remain relevant, but only time will show if these curatorial changes are effective in drawing young families to museums (the goal is to increase visitorship) or, conversely, if folks like us that stop visiting are not replaced by milenials.
  14. There is, somewhere here on MSW, some pretty good discussion on the evolution and history of pigments. As i recall, which is in itself of dubious value, red was not a very common pigment until the 18th century, and even then, when looking at carpenter's stores, not abundant as compared to other pigments. Ochre is the colloquial term used by archaeologists to describe an earth or rock containing red or yellow oxides, most commonly hydroxides of iron. Red ochres typically consist of iron oxides (Fe2O3) derived from hematites (from the Greek word for “blood-like”) and other iron-rich rocks. Red ochres are relatively common in natural geological and soil formations, with archeological evidence of use since more than 30,000 years ago. Use as a pigment for ships is less tangible, surprisingly, than other uses. It would require fairly regular updating as the pigments and binders of the period were rather impermanent. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that the French developed a method for artificially producing a similar red pigment. It may be of some interest to take a look at recent research concerning the HMS Victory where they have determined that it was not painted red in the Orlop, but rather the flats of the deck (deck referring to the level of the vessel, and flat the surface trod upon) was most likely unpainted, while the bulwarks (walls) were more likely a lighter shade (quite possibly whitewashed). See Goodwin, Peter G. 2013. “The Application and Scheme of Paintworks in British Men-of-War in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries.” The Mariner’s Mirror 99 (3): 287–300. doi:10.1080/00253359.2013.815993 for a very interesting analysis by one of the top living experts on the Victory.