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It’s a point which weighs against us, and a fact to be deplored – 
That we chased the goodly merchant-men and laid their ships aboard.

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  1. Ingrid Bergman got the Oscar for her performance Albert Finnay got a nomination for Best Actor. But in my opinion -and I know this will be controversial - Albert Finney’s performance in this film is.....the best performance by any actor in any film in the history of Hollywood. There. I said it. Also, the recent remake is a VERY pale shadow of the 1974 film. as to staging the murder in the model, I can’t imagine NOT having Poirot examining the body of Rachette in his compartment.
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    Congratulations! What a WONDERFUL model!
  3. Signal flags/pennants

    Flag halyard line is the smallest diameter line in the rig, by a wide margin. It’s like modern day Clothesline, It won’t require a pin, just a very very small cleat. Adhering to the “the higher up in the rig- the farther aft the belaying point on deck” rule, the cleat will usually be located aft of the aftermost running rigging belaying point for that mast. Somewhere on the bulwarks. But often the cleat is on the aftermost shroud.
  4. Them Old Jokes

    Lucy Bellwood via Instagram
  5. Here is the link to the first person account. A very experienced couple sailing a 46’ sloop from Hawaii to Washington State after a prolonged global voyage, 150 miles from home, encounter severe weather and are disabled. The speed in which everything goes wrong is freightening. The story happened very recently, June 17th of this year, and is very well told. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/199424-epic-boat-loss/&_ga=2.22999229.72988833.1530239832-1510497337.1494852434
  6. Rope-Stropped Blocks for Boom Vang

    It’s hard to find good books on the subject of Marlinspike Seamanship but there are two classics and a modern contender: first and best is The Ashley Book of Knots. By Clifford Ashley and comprehensive on the subject of knots and cordage. Kinda pricy. But worth every penny! then there are Hervey Garrett Smiths two books, which are realy the same book but one has additional material, The Art of the Sailor and The Marlinsspike Sailor. These books have the best illustrations of any knot book and cover several rope related craft projects that are fun and easy to build make or tie. Very inexpensive and if you are stropping blocks for fun, you’re going to LOVE this book. Finaly Brion Toss’s Complete Riggers Apprentice. Excellent text and illustrations covers every marlinspike concern any yacht owner could need to know about. This book will have sailing related material you won’t NEED to know but I include it because it’s got so much worthwhile info in it and a very good knot tying tutorial for the basic sailors knots. Here’s Brion Toss taking you through the steps of tying the Round Seizing: Here’s Clifford Ashley describing how to use a Spanish Windlass to close the neck on a rope strop. Here’s Garrett Smith describing the use of the Marlinspike as a lever for putting the turns of a Round Seizing on supper tight.
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  8. Rope-Stropped Blocks for Boom Vang

    Rope stropping blocks, for functioning rigging, is difficult. The difficulty is in having the strop as tight as possible around the block, so tight that no force encountered on the ship could ever cause the block to slip out of the strop. It’s very easy to put a rope grommet over a block and seize in some eyes, but it’s difficult to do this in a way that keeps the strop as tight as it needs to be. the Strop is a circle made of rope. Most often it is a Rope Grommet (which is one strand of rope laid up upon itself three times) but it can also be a length of rope that has its two ends Short Spliced together. here are some photos I collected of the process: The first photo shows a double block with the strop around it and a Spanish Windlass made of two belaying pins and an iron rod being used to close the neck of the seized eye. The blue and white thin strapping through the sheaves and in the Spanish Windlass is Dyneema, a nearly indestructible man made material. It’s holding the block in place. The part of the strop out of frame of the photo at the top will have a block and tackle on it pulling the strop as tightly as possible. The Spanish Windlass closes the eye and at the point this photo was taken they have not yet put a seizing on at the neck of the eye. here is a nice diagram showing a single strand being laid up into a Grommet: Here is a guy on Picton Castle with two blocks being stropped. Note all the tackle in use to pull the Grommets as tight as possible, rest assured he has made that line as tight as humanly possible, the bench is bolted to the deck. His left hand is on one block and the other is between the camera and his crotch. At this point he’s ready to seize the eyes. He will construct a Spanish Windlass as shown in the first photo above, to close the eye prior to seizing the neck. The tackle holding the strop tight is not removed, the seizing of the eye happens with the strop as tight as possible. So it is VERY DIFFICULT to close the eye, and you could not close it without the Spanish Windlass. This photo makes it clear that the diameter of the Grommet must be carefully planned ahead of time to make sure the proportions of the eye and block are correct. Too small and the eye is too small, too large and the neck is long and you risk the block wiggling out eventually in the future.
  9. Unusual ship models

    Is it a ship model? It’s glorious whatever it is.
  10. Rope-Stropped Blocks for Boom Vang

    I can’t let this go by without saying that this guys book is FULL of ridiculous rigging innacuracies and this example is probably the worst one. NOBODY is ever going to rig a purchase as this illustration indicates. As in NEVER, it simply doesn’t exist. The second block and tackle hanging under the existing block and tackle is preposterous. I put this very image on a Facebook rigging page , everyone had a laugh, and then Brion Toss weighed in on it, then put it on his own website. Honestly: this guys book is a trainwreck. Here’s Brion Toss commenting on it: http://briontoss.com/index.php/2018/03/14/extravagant-purchase/
  11. Acrylic paint vs acrylic ink

    Never heard of Acrylic Ink. But I treat rigging with thinned Acrylic Paint all the time. My technique is to string up long lengths of line from two hooks as far apart as I can manage so I can do long swaths all at once. First I soak the line so it’s saturated with water, this allows the color to penetrate. Then I mix up my color, with a lot of water, on a palate prior to scooping it up with a palette knife and plopping it on a square of wet rag. This rag I fold in half over the line I’ve strung up and I walk along the line, scrubbing the rag back and forth onto the line, working the color in. When you reach the end of the line, get a fresh rag, this time saturated with only water, and repeat the rubbing process. This second treatment thins the paint you’ve just applied and it is now that you can remove color if to your eye the results are too strong. Rubbing hard enough with the second rag, you can almost reverse the process and get back to a clean line, depending on how hard you squeeze and how much water you use. So in this way you can control the appearance. The line dries quite rapidly so do not pause between steps. Once the acrylic has dried you will never remove it. With this technique you can make white line solid black,or, you can lightly stain a pristine line to have a color more in keeping with hemp or Manila.
  12. Tying Off Standing Rigging.

    If you make your own eyebolts by twisting wire around a cylindrical object you get the benefit of being able to determine the size of the eyebolt ( most kit-supplied eyebolts are very large) AND the shank of your eyebolt, being made of twisted wire, has more texture and will grip the wood better than the typical nickel or brass plated kit supplied eyebolts which have a very slick nonpourous surface that is difficult to glue.
  13. Angle of ship masts

    A side effect of a dramatic Mast Rake on a square rig is that the location of the Sling of the course yard needs to move farther forward in order to avoid having the yard laying directly on the Mast. The hole in the top to accommodate the Sling on the Brig Niagara, for instance, is way up forward near the forward rim of the top, far enough out so that the yard suspended below is free and clear of the Mast.
  14. Wahinie Disaster - April 10, 1968

    I’ve mentioned this excellent podcast before: Radio Live, Shipwreck Tales. Here is their episode on the disaster. Perfect for a rainy night indoors working on a ship model. http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/audio/special-feature-archives/2013/02/shipwreck-tales-the-wahine-with-john-mccrystal.html

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