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Roger Pellett

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About Roger Pellett

  • Birthday 06/04/1943

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    Duluth, MN
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    Naval Architect, Scratch Modeler and maritime history researcher. Current modeling interest- Navy ship's boats.
    Nautical ResearchvGuild Member

    Author of recently published book “Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company.”

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

    The Apostle Islands are a wonderful cruising ground. Mostly unspoiled, and Bayfield, Wisconsin is a beautiful little town on the mainland across from Madeline Island. Duluth is about 85 miles to the west but an easy sail. Point the boat due west and you’ll eventually run into it. Roger
  2. Doug, I can’t answer your question as shipbuilding, particularly of small merchant vessels varied by country and locale. I did find a couple of references that you may find to be of interest. First is the SL-4 wreck found in the Netherlands but identified as a Mid Nineteenth British Collier brig. Lodging knees were wood but hanging knees for the upper deck were iron. The lower deck did not use knees. Instead, they used U shaped iron straps that ran along each side of each deck beam and around the outside of the frame. Jonathan Adams describes this setup in “A Maritime Archaeology of Ships.” Basil Greenhill describes the construction of a three masted Schooner by the residents of the Finnish Island of Aaland. Although,this vessel was built on an unimproved buildingbsite, not a shipyard he points out that one of the vessel’s builders was a skilled blacksmith hand forging ironwork from scrap iron purchased in Sweden. The book is The Evolution of the Wooden Ship. Was this vessel classified by a classification society such as Lloyd’s or Det Norske Veritas? If so the vassel’s rating and the classification Society rules at the time should provide your answer. Roger
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Julie, Western Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor are great places to sail. The St. Louis River, Lake Superior’s largest tributary flows down a 600 ft granite ridge and forms a large estuary. The eastern end of the estuary is bounded by a 6 mile long inhabited sand bar so the harbor is in effect a long lake protected by the sandbar. Apart from the sailing association kids that were racing lasers, we saw only one other boat power or sail the entire time. No need to be jealous. Some hot summer day in FL get on a plane and come up. Our sailing Assn would welcome you. Roger
  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Went sailing today in the Duluth/Superior Harbor. A perfect sailing day with temperatures in the 70’s, high fleecy clouds and a steady 10mph wind off Lake Superior. The boat was a 19 ft Interlake owned by the Duluth Superior Sailing Association. The Interlake is a centerboard one design boat designed in the 1930’s and still actively raced in the midwestern USA. The newer boats are fiberglass and fun to sail. Roger
  5. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    The thing that amazes me is that you can pack enough battery supplied energy to fly a model plane. Roger
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    CDW That is amazing! Back when I was interested in flying model airplanes everything was gas powered. Roger
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    What’s going to power this brute? Roger
  8. Finishing timber (boxwood)

    I am fortunate to have space to have two shops, a model building shop and a shop for rough work where I store lumber and use my jointer, table saw and thickness sander. I have never done a good job of controlling dust. Our house has had a 1990 vintage forced air heating system with a high efficiency air filter, and last fall we replaced it. I was surprised how much less dust finds its way upstairs. I recently bought a Dust Deputy and will rig up a proper system when I finish my current modelling project. Roger
  9. Finishing timber (boxwood)

    I have a thickness sander that I built from NRG plans too. Driven by a 1/2 hp Motor. It works fine, but if this were my lumber I would plane one side of the 3in sides flat and smooth on my jointer, then I would slice off planks to the required thickness on a table or bandsaw. Roger
  10. Finishing timber (boxwood)

    Jaager’s excellent advice does not mention a jointer but it can be quite useful when reducing rough stock. A warped, cupped or twisted board is hard to cut on a table saw or band saw without the blade binding and that is when accidents happen. With a jointer you can plane one surface. You then have a flat surface to lay on your band saw or table saw table for ripping stock. They are not easy to use but hollow ground table saw blades will produce smooth surfaces. Don’t try to use them if dull as they will burn the edges of your planking. Roger
  11. I agree with Eric. It is my opinion that the Journal “peaked” in the early 90’s. With the notable exception of William Sproul’s articles about building various components many articles lack depth. Another truly useful article jam packed with useful modelling info was Paul Fontenoy’s article about restoring a WWII LCVP. Otherwise, too many articles are simply “I glued this to this, etc.” An example would be the series of articles about building a magnificent French Galley model. While the article shows the model maker’s progress, there is virtually no discussion how the maker solved the various problems connected with building it. I also find the new, shorter book reviews to be disappointing, and do not like subcontracting this service out to academics not otherwise affiliated with the Guild. These reviews used to be done by knowledgeable Guild members and reading them was informative and often entertaining, and actually helped with the book buying decision. Although I personally did not subscribe to Seaways Ships in Scale, I am sorry to see its demise. Maybe this presents us with an opportunity to put more “meat on the bones” of the Journal so that it can once more become the go to document that it once was. On the subject of cost, I personally would limit glossy covers and colors to provide more content. We’re not competing for eye appeal on a news rack. Roger
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    Very nice!! Roger
  13. U.S.S. Arizona

    Several years ago Don Pruel, (sp?) model maker at the U S Naval Academy museum published an article in the Nautical Research Journal about the Arizona paint scheme. Don built the model on display at the USS Arizona visitors center at Pearl Harbor. Don’s article is specifically about the ship’s appearance at the time of the attack but you might find some information about her earlier appearance too. Roger
  14. I just dug out my copy of the book, and table 9.1 is printed correctly. Send me a P M and I will mail you a copy. My ability to produce this electronically is limited. Roger
  15. Extreme Clipper

    Clipper Ships with little deadrise were not necessarily slower than those with more (v bottom hull) if the criteria is fast passages. There are two ways to increase the speed of a displacement hull up uto the point where the vessel reaches its hull speed. Produce a more fine lined hull and minimize wetted surface area or increase power. The clippers with minimal deadrise took the latter approach. Ships with flat bottom hulls have more initial stability than those with v bottoms. In other words they are not as tippy. This allowed the clippers with flatter bottoms to carry more sail in strong winds than their v bottomed sisters. Chapelle discusses this in “The Search For Speed Under Sail. Roger

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