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    • kurtvd19

      An Incentive to Start A Build Log - New Plan Set from the NRG   03/17/2018

      An Incentive for Starting a Build Log

      The NRG’s Generic East Coast Oyster Sharpie plan sets have been selling out – we had to reorder prints 2X already.

      BUT nobody has started a build log yet.  As an incentive we have decided to reward the first three (3) MSW / NRG members who purchase the plans and start and continue* actual build logs** from the plans. 

      The build logs should be started in the scratch built forum and labeled with Generic Sharpie – by “your ID”.  When we have six or more build logs up and running we will set up a group build area for the Generic Sharpie build logs.

      The winners will be able to pick any one of the prizes listed below:

      Free registration for one day at 2018 or 2019 NRG Conference                  ($145 value)

      Shop Notes 1 and 2 set                                                                         ($60 value)

      Nautical Research Journal – all content set                                              ($145 value)

      4 CD's or 1 flash drive         

      Continental Galley Washington Plan set                                                    ($65 value)

      1 year NRG membership or extension                                                      ($50 - $62 value)



      *“Continue” means that multiple posts containing build log content must be made for a minimum of 30 days after the initial post.  Logs will be tracked by starting date and the first 3 that have continued for 30 days following their initial post will be declared the winners.

      **Note the words “actual build logs” – no fair showing a few pieces of wood and going no further just to win. 


      The NRG has a new set of plans available for purchase with a free 200+ page full-color monograph .  Check the NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD NEWS forum below for details.  This plan set is developed for the first time scratch builder with limited tools and experience.  All materials are standard strip stock available from hobby wood suppliers.  However, it is also a great project for the more experienced builder looking for a smaller project to take a break from the bigger builds.  Remember MSW Members who provide us their real name are considered members for the discounted price.  An email or call to the office before you order with your real name and MSW user name before you order is needed for the discount code.


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  1. Great Harry

    Here's the surprise - it actually is the Great Harry, but in a Victorian reconstruction, about mid-1840s. Maybe "supposed to be" is a better description. Its a kluge of fantasy elements and anachronisms. A few models based on this image were made after that, and one - I think - was presented to Princess Elizabeth sometime after the Second World War. It might be in the NMM database, not sure. Kinda impressive to see a Great Harry contemporary to Brunel and Jenny Lind.
  2. White flag

    Agree. A black hull is just so 1810ish.
  3. White flag

    Kurt, take a look at the "Flags of the World" website if you can. The white flag, associated with the Royal Navy of France, and a symbol of Louis, is listed with historic naval flags and something like that should be suitable. You could also check the NMM website for contemporary paintings of battles involving French ships. http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/fr~mon.html (Interestingly, some sources describe a white flag with the new tricolor in the upper corner, used in the 1790-94 period. Sort of a transitional design from the early Directory.) A lot of Cerf models show a black hull but I wonder, especially for the 1770s-80s era. A tarred, unpainted hull, or one that was painted with yellow ochre, along with black wales, typical trim and that polychrome stern carving would seem more typical of trends in the largely pre-Napoleanic eighties.
  4. Skull decorations on ships: real or fake

    Dutch shipbuilders sometimes used bocranium, an ancient Roman motif of cattle skulls in the early 17th century. In Roman architecture, it meant cattle skulls sculpted into the frieze or upper stonework of temples or prominent buildings. When used on 17th century ships, skulls were probably carved wood, set at intervals along the aftercastle. Here are two examples in Dutch art, one from a view of Amsterdam in 1606, the other of a ship in a stormy sea, around 1614. No human skulls or piratey bits though.
  5. Red bulwarks

    Hey Chuck, thats a good point. In the above, the term 'paint' means color and pigment for visual effect. I think of tarring and other preservation methods as different, since they are primarily functional. So, say, a 'tarred, unpainted' hull means a wooden hull that has been tarred for protection but not painted for appearance. How does that sound? Mark, there were probably many different materials used in tarring over the centuries. It would make a good study. It must have been a lot of working keeping them up, and a lot of early paintings show ships with grungy tarred hulls. No surprise the evolution to increasingly overall painted overall ships after around 1800.

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