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  • Birthday 08/23/1960

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    Civil War Cavalry: Elected Brigade Commander, United States Volunteers (USV), the largest Federal Civil War Reenacting Organization in the Country http://www.usvolunteers.org/

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  1. Alan, What a treasure trove of "modelling" photos. I visited the ship in Erie well before I ever thought I would build a model of it. I have perused a ton of "tourist" photos, trying to blow up a small corner, just to capture a special detail that I needed for my build, and usually to no avail. I wish I had that great photo of the Boomkin (which is not in the ship plans) about a month ago. Winging it from a poor photo resulted in a stubbier version of the actual one so well captured in your photo. Oh well. Thank you so much for the resources. I will be referring back to them often as I wrap up the build.
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    Welcome aboard. You have come to a great place for "enlightenment." There are some true masters on this site, and even better is the fact that they are always willing to lend a helping hand. Don't hesitate to share your work. I bet it is much better than "average."
  3. Alan, Thanks for sharing the pictures. While I have not had the privilege to sail her, I did get to see her in person at Erie Pennsylvania where she is moored. A great brig and a great model to work on.
  4. Clueline, Tack and Sheet Question

    Henry, A thousand thanks. Your description on the mechanics is exactly what I needed to understand how and why this is done this way. I will take my single fore tack to a cleat, which is a better fit (along side of the bulwark) than pinning it in the chock rail, which moves it too much to the center of the bow. Thanks for the heads up on the dimension of the rope. I plan on rigging the main tack as a double, and already chose a heavy line (just luck) assuming the heft of the course sails would require a heavy line.
  5. This is a question I posted on my Niagara build log. Gents, HELP! I need some guidance on a rigging question. I decided early on to include cluelines and sheets to all of my yards, even though I am not adding sails. For the royal and topgallant, I simply tied the sheet lines to the yards, and ran the cluelines down through a block to the deck (as per the Niagara narrative instructions). The Niagara plans were pretty vague on how to handle the Topsail, so I turned to my Petersson rigging book and used his design. I am now faced with the Course Yards. Again, I have turned to Petersson. Following his diagram for the Foremast, I tied two blocks together with a single tack line as seen in the photo I have attached. My question though is this ok for the Niagara, and more specifically, where would I belay the end of the tack line? In the diagram, the tack line runs through a block extended beyond the bow on a rod. There is no such apparatus on the Niagara, so where to belay the tack line. The Niagara plans seem to indicate that the tack line should belay to the chock rail. In my photo of the ship, you will find my prototype. I ran the tack to the chock rail and one end of the sheet will be belayed to an eyebolt on the outside of the hull and the other will run through a hole and tied to a cleet inside the bulwark. Does this make any sense? I also have a general question that will show my landlubberness. I believe the sheet and clueline attach to the bottom corner of the sail. If that is correct, why would Petersson pull the blocks so close to the mast, rather than out at the end of the yard. The last photo is from the Niagara plans. It is hard for me to fully understand this. Petersson is a lot easier to understand. Any suggestions?

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