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  1. Social history of the Royal Navy

    Steve, also so take a look at the book 'The Wooden World' - 'An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy' by N.A.M. Rodger which is look at the eighteenth century navy, how it worked , and how it fitted in within society. Gary
  2. William James had his own axe to grind having been caught and detained in the conflict of 1812, he set out to prove that no British ship had been captured by an American ship of similar force, as the extract provided by Frolic labours. James's stated intent was to provide an impartial view, based on the facts he could uncover, however given the objective of his work in recounting the 1812 conflict this in itself renders his impartiality suspect and his bias creeps in to his works. Given the prize money associated with rewarding successful captures many captains, of all nations, had a tendency to over-state the size, prowesss and head-count of the prize as this added to their personal glory and rewards. As Mark says war isn't fair, and neither are the Press who picked up on and propagated the exaggeration of the size of the Guerriere and other captures which is what initially motivated James whilst detained in the US. Nice to see in 200 years at least the Press have remained consistent (on both sides of the pond).
  3. HMS Trincomalee

    Living in the town as well I echo David's comments. Hartlepool may seem a bit of a backwater, but the Trincomalee and what is now the Royal Navy Museum of the North is well worth a visit - it is now run by the same museum group as Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory, so hopefully we will see deeper connections over the coming years and a greater exchange of exhibits as part of the maritime experience. In terms of the Trincomalee Chris Watton was considering a Leda kit, so fingers crossed, given there were 46 in the class that opens a lot of options. Too late for me I'm scratching a POB Trincomalee (I'll have to start a build log). I had the drawings for the Leda class a few years ago when visiting the Unicorn, they were £5.00 per sheet then, considerably less than the NMM, so worth enquiring if you visit Trincomalee's sister. Gary
  4. Identifying model battleship

    Hi Chris, Looks like the Bismarck or Tirpitz, if you google you will find images. Gary
  5. What are these?

    Erik, I recall having read somewhere that officers did use stern ladders, often when visiting other ships and the like, so that if they returned a little worse for wear they were not observed by the crew, thus maintaining their dignity. Not sure if this is the case here, but certainly looks like they could serve such a purpose. Gary
  6. Kurt, If you look at the website for the Royal Armouries here in the U.K. you can search the collections by date and type (artillery), they have one of the best collections, look for the 16/17th century, you will get a good idea of what you are seeking and can use these as a comparison for commercially available offerings. Regards Gary
  7. Bring it back down to earth folks, one simple rule for an Englishman, you can measure length and weight in anything you are comfortable with, but beer must be by the pint Gary
  8. Chris, It is taken fromThe Anatomy of Nelson's Ships by C Nepean Longridge. Gary
  9. A question about trennelling. (spell?)

    Paul, The danger with pencil lead is that you drag it on to the adjacent planking so you essentially get a bleeding effect. If you do try pencil lead then I suggest you do so post varnishing, this will reduce any bleeding. Personally I'd go with tree nails, trennels, or trunnels - however you want to pronounce it Regards Gary
  10. Hi Ann, I think it may be the USS Kearsarge a U.S. Civil War ship, you can find more on Wikepedia at the following if you paste it in to your browser, I may be incorrect and I'm sure those who know better on the site will advise. There are model kits, but not sure if they were manufactured in the 60s / 70s. If you could advise the overall length of the ship I'm sure someone can convert the length to a scale and see if it fits a model kit, that may help determine if it is a kit or scratch build. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kearsarge_(1861)#/image/File:USS_Kearsarge_(1861).jpg Hope this helps. Regards Gary
  11. Chain

    Gardner records in his book Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars that studded anchor chain was introduced in to the Royal Navy gradually from around 1815.
  12. Thanks for sharing Marcus. I'm jealous! I bemoan the fact that the British Science Museum and the National Maritime Museum have ditched their ship model displays, the current UK museum display trend is towards themed historic narratives, there is a place for both the story telling and the artefacts in my mind. When I was growing up you marvelled at the exhibits and were inspired to discover the narrative for yourself, now it's all show and tell. Perhaps it's me and a generational thing? Gary
  13. Hope fully Chris Watton may deliver on a Leda class frigate, if you check out his thread (Chris Watton and Amati) he was contemplating the Shannon a while ago as a possible development. If he took a similar approach as he did with the Vanguard then he could provide construction options for the class, Given there were more than 40 Leda class frigates produced this provides a huge amount of options. You could have the Shannon, Trincomalee, Lacadaemonian (see the NMM model), or many others. Sadly the later sisters such as Dundee's Unicorn would be a challenge due to their round Seppings stern. But then you cant have everything. Me though, I couldn't wait, so started my own Trinc some years ago. Pictures attached. I should try and set up a build log, but given it has taken 6 years to get this far ................... GM
  14. Just noticed this post, when I visited the Unicorn earlier this year in talking to the staff I understand that the Unicorn is not to be afloat too much longer, plans a few years ago to make her the centre of of a new visitor attraction in the heart of Dundee fell through. As she is being preserved and not restored her hull integrity can not be mainatined, and the hogging she suffers from has increased dramatically in recent years, the plans are to install her in an adjacent dry dock. I got the impression there is no set timetable for this change in circumstances. A real shame after almost 200 years afloat, but but hopefully the preservation work going forward will be more effective as she will not have to contend with keeping what is the original hull afloat, and events such as earler this year when after she dropped to the dock floor when the basin she is in was accidently opened. Gary
  15. I've thought on it Jay, and when I've compiled my list I'll be bold, up front and honest about it - I'll send her an email when I'm away on business Gary