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  1. I don't know a reference or specific knot, but will offer that when underway in open water where the anchor wouldn't be readied for use, it would be very well secured with multiple lashings to minimize any chance of the anchor shifting (at least that's how this seaman would do it). I also understand that for extended offshore sailing the anchor cables would be untied and stowed below and the hawse holes plugged. Depending on the layout of the ship and availability of suitable hardpoints (e.g timberheads, cleats, etc), I would think multiple turns of a line around the anchor and hardpoint then maybe finishing on the timberhead with a clove hitch or on itself with some half-hitches. HTH, Keith
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    Ship paintings

    Jim, Perhaps my favorite sea story is Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea" (and the associated stories compiled in "Three Corvettes"). Your North Atlantic convoy paintings really convey the atmosphere of the events he describes. Thanks again for sharing. Cheers, Keith
  3. Peter, Really, really nice build, thanks for sharing your progress and techniques. I did note one very minor issue that you may or may not want to address before you start masting and rigging. Double check your rigging of the steering tackle, I think the lines should run from the top of the steering drum instead of the bottom. Seems the way the lines run now, when the helm is put over in one direction, the tiller will also be pulled in that direction, which will cause the rudder (and vessel) to move in the opposite direction. Again, a very minor issue that few (if any) would ever notice (and I bring it to your attention with some hesitation). Cheers, Keith
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    Red bulwarks

    And re: the presumed reason for painting bulwarks red, i.e., to prevent panic by concealing blood and gore, which I never gave much credence to. Perhaps this has led folks to assume bulwarks were a bright, fresh-blood color of red. But, maybe the “red” was to help conceal the dark, brownish color of dried blood instead? Spanish Brown would be just the ticket for concealing those stubborn hard-to-clean blood stains. I don’t really believe this and continue to think paint color was selected based on CO, XO, or bosun’s preference, local availability, and cost (and later by regulation). Fun discussion. Cheers, Keith
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    Red bulwarks

    I’ve been thinking the same, but without any real evidence. Bulwark “red” perhaps wasn’t the relatively bright red commonly used on models, but more of a reddish brown (oxide red) like you show. Nice work looking at actual ship manifests for evidence.
  6. I’ve two of these boat kits on order from a supplier in Russia and am looking forward to building them. Even though they are 1/72 scale, I intend to adjust them as appropriate and use them to fit out my 1/64 Syren as the cutter and barge (in addition to the kit-supplied launch). Would it make sense to also scale these boat kits at 1/64 or is the difference between 1/72 and 1/64 too minor? Best regards, Keith
  7. I’d be interested to know what became of the vessel. Often times it seems a well found boat can take way more abuse than the crew. Wouldn’t be surprised if it remained (remains) afloat or grounded somewhere.
  8. Sorry for your loss Jack. My condolences to you and your brother's family. Keith
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    Angle of ship masts

    Roger nailed it above. I don't have any experience sailing a square-rigged vessel, but on my little sloop, adjusting the rake of the mast even a little can noticeably change the way she handles. Below is a relevant excerpt from a message sent by Lt. Stewart, Commanding US Brig Syren to Captain Preble in USS Constitution on 01 January 1804 (during the Barbary War, sourced from the US Navy History of same)... "The 27th we sailed and kept company with the United States Brig Argus until the 29th. At midnight, a severe gale of wind came on with a tremendous sea that hove the Syren on her beam ends and filled her waist full of water. We got her before the wind, knocked out some of the ports, and freed her decks. The jolly boat was stove to atoms and lost. Nothing but strong gales from the westward, with heavy squalls (that prevented our carrying any sail but storm stay sails) prevailed from the 2nd of December to the 12th, during which time we were driven considerably to the eastward and all my officers sick but two young and inexperienced midshipmen." Later in port... "I immediately commenced the necessary repairs that the Brig requires. She leaks very much in her upper works, which has damaged some of the provisions and other articles. I am therefore under the necessity of caulking. Her rigging we take this opportunity of overhauling and also to shift her main mast further aft, which it requires, and feel confident it will much improve her sailing. I left at Leghorn Robert T. Spence, Midshipman, whose mind had been for some time deranged. He is a son of Mr. Spence, Purser of the Philadelphia". Cheers, Keith
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    Visit To England

    You might want to check out the English Heritage visitor pass, we found it to be a good deal. After a week in London we rented a car and drove clockwise to Canterbury, Dover, Portsmouth, Bath, Conway (Wales),the Lake District, Edinburgh, Whitby, and Cambridge (and miscellaneous towns in between). We stayed in B&Bs and hostels mostly, had only a tentative itinerary, and had a great time Along with the maritime sights already mentioned, I really enjoyed Dover Castle, Bath, Conway Castle (Wales), Hadrian's Wall, and IWM Duxford. So much history it's crazy, you're in for a real treat. Cheers, Keith
  11. Looks really good. Seems the gun ports would be closed when carrying a boat at the stern. Cheers, Keith
  12. Nice subject and interesting box-type bulwark construction, looks like its coming together nicely. Any indication what scale it is? Thanks for posting and please continue as you progress. Cheers, Keith
  13. Very impressive! As a teenager I dreamed of building a 32nd Parallel Type VIIC, I believe the only such "kits" available at the time. But alas they were way out of my price range (and way beyond my abilities). Thanks for sharing. Keith
  14. Thanks for the replies. To help illustrate my confusion, below is the relevant section of the drawing from Chapelle, an unknown model of Syren from the web, the USNA museum Syren (Lightly model), and the MS Syren configuration (Chuck's interpretation). I'm still conflicted on exactly which deck opening(s) would most likely be used for access below (i.e. the ladderway/companionway) and which (if any) would be a skylight for below deck lighting/ventilation. Any thoughts welcome. Cheers, Keith
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    Ship paintings

    Wow! Just Wow!

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