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Jolley Roger

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About Jolley Roger

  • Birthday 11/08/1974

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    South Africa
  • Interests
    Bee keeping
    Ship models
    Scale aircraft models

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  1. Welcome aboard sir, welcome aboard! Funny that you came across my build this weekend, as I just opened the new shipyard on Saturday!(the admiral calls it the corner of chaos?!) In between studying, moving, renovating and some damage due to the move, the Mayflower has been sadly neglected. As you can see at the bottom photo, she is minus a beakhead again, due to a 'small' incident during the move, the hull has also sprung a couple of leaks(cracks) which I will fix in due course. After the fix, I plan on fitting the rudder, I see my metal bending abilities will be tested soon!
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Built a basic Moxon vise over the weekend. Planning on doing some scratch building one day, so will have to resaw by hand 😦. Don't have space or access to a band saw. Used some old pine planks and some threaded rod that was lying around, could not have been more than 5$ in total.
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    Them Old Jokes

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    The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Sorry to hear that guys, hope you find a permanent solution soon.
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    The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    Invested in the future today, planted two Cape Boxwoods (Buxus Macowanii)
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    Seen any strange signs lately?

    There is some truth behind this one!
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    PE Tool Suggestion

    The Small Shop https://thesmallshop.com/collections/photo-etch-bending-tools also have some tools available
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Congrats! Beautiful restoration. Out of interest sake, i'm following a build of a guy doing a 1/18 scale scratch build in aluminum of Lope's Hope, fascinating to see it 'unfolding' https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/74079-118-p51c-mustang-lopes-hope-the-3rd/&
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    Something old somethng new

    Small world! Saw her in Livorno on June 29th.
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Agreed! Did my own thing and toured Scandinavia by train 3 years ago. Very easy to arrange everything on the net. Vasa and Viking museums a definite highlight!
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    Animal photos

    From a recent trip to The Kruger National Park.
  12. Apparently the Norwegian flagged 'Fairport'
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    Favorite old timer quotes

    He's not the sharpest knife in the kitchen.
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Local 'delicacy' over here, aptly nicknamed 'runaways' Don't touch the stuff myself though.
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    SS Warimoo

    Too good as story not to share: http://www.mastermariners.org.au/stories-from-the-past/2304-strange-story-of-the-ss-warimoo The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was latitude 0 degrees x 31 minutes north and longitude 179 degrees x 30 minutes west. The date was 30 December 1899. Know what this means? First Mate Payton broke in, we're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather and clear night worked in his favour. At midnight the Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many. The forward part of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of summer. The stern was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900. This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different seasons and two different years but in two different centuries-all at the same time. Captain J (John) D. S. Phillips was Master of 3326 tons R.M.S. WARRIMOO of the Canadian – Australian Lines in at least 1899 and 1900; he is listed as Master when the (Sydney) Evening News of October 17 1900 reported RMS WARRIMOO as arriving Sydney on October 16 1900 from Vancouver via Honolulu and Brisbane with 32 passengers on board (all named except 3 children, a maid and 3 steerage passengers). She was also reported at Brisbane on April 28 and July 23 1900, but the Master was not named on those occasions. The incident is reported on several websites, most of which seem to find it important that Captain Phillips was sitting in a quiet corner of the bridge smoking a cigar when first told of WARRIMOO’s proximity to the intersection of the Equator and the 1800 meridian! WARRIMOO was one of two ships built for James Huddart, of Huddart Parker Ltd., for an independent Trans-Tasman service in competition with Union Steamship Company. After a fierce rate cutting war James Huddart withdrew from the Trans-Tasman trade after only five months and started a service connecting Australia and Canada, subsidised by the Canadian and New South Wales governments. In 1897 the New Zealand government offered a subsidy if the ships would also call at a port in their country. To provide the same service frequency a third ship was required and the steamer AORANGI was purchased from the New Zealand Shipping Company. Unfortunately the service, despite the subsidies, couldn’t support three ships; the company defaulted on payments for the AORANGI and in February 1898 the New Zealand Shipping Company assumed control of the Canadian – Australian Line, and purchased WARRIMOO on 16.08.1899. In 1901 NZSCo sold the service and ships to Union Steamship. In late 1914 WARRIMOO was taken up as a troopship. On 17 May 1918 when on a convoy from Bizerta to Marseille she collided with the escorting French destroyer CATAPULTE. In the collision the destroyer’s depth-charges were dislodged; they exploded in the water blowing out the bottom plates of both ships, causing them both to sink with some loss of life.

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