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  1. I click the like button ONCE but still nothing happens. I try every few days but no changes. Allan
  2. Them Old Jokes

    When Insults Had Class... These glorious insults are from an era “ before” the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words. A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” "That depends, Sir, " said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress." "He had delusions of adequacy ." -Walter Kerr "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -Clarence Darrow "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway) "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." -Moses Hadas "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -Mark Twain "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." -Oscar Wilde "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." -Winston Churchill, in response "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -Stephen Bishop "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." -John Bright "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." -Irvin S. Cobb "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." -Samuel Johnson "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." -Charles, Count Talleyrand "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." -Forrest Tucker "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" -Mark Twain "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." -Mae West "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." -Oscar Wilde "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." -Andrew Lang (1844-1912) "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." -Billy Wilder "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it." -Groucho Marx
  3. Sanding Sticks

    Hand made sticks for various shapes other than flat is a good way to go. Dowel rod, home made shapes, bow shaped etc. Allan
  4. Blocks, making and supporting.

    Bob, 15 minutes per completed internally stopped block? You work fast. Took me about 50 to 60 hours for the last schooner model to make all the sizes with reasonable quality. Allan
  5. Social history of the Royal Navy

    Steven, Surely most officers came from families of "higher status" in the then current hierarchy, but there were some that worked their way to the quarterdeck from before the mast. This following site would take a LOT of time to dig into but maybe take a look at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/royal-navy-officers-service-records-1756-1931/ Allan
  6. Bob, Postage is one thing but someone has to gather the parts, make up the box, prepare a bill of lading, etc. and maybe have to take it the post office or UPS store in some cases. Smallest US Postal Service box is about $7 now for shipments in the continental US and padded shipping envelopes are not much less to send. I send samples to my clients all the time and it costs me over $1000 a year plus my time and gas to go to the post office. No free lunches out there I'm afraid. Allan
  7. Vad It is probably the distortion on the photo, but to me the keel looks bowed rather than straight. If that is the case, this may have added to your dilemma. Allan
  8. Hello from France

    Welcome Alain Having recently vacationed in the south of France, my wife and I have decided if we ever wish to live somewhere other than our current home in Florida, we are heading to Nice or Provence. You are fortunate to live in such a lovely part of the world! Allan
  9. Richard I am curious as I cannot find anything of an HMS Syren circa 1802. From what I did find, Syren of 1782 was in sea service up until she was put to harbor service from 1805 and broken up in 1822. HMS Siren was to have been a 32-gun fifth-rate, ordered in 1805 but was cancelled in 1806. If Syren 1782 went through refitting after the 1790s she possibly could have had stern davits installed. I suspect the 18 foot cutter (clinker built) would have been the boat hung from a set of the davits. The earlier davits were not capable of handling larger boats so the launch and pinnace may not have been hung. I remember in previous research that 36 gun frigates commonly had only stern davits, thus it may be OK to conclude that there would only be stern davits for the cutter and no quarter davits. Allan
  10. Richard, I quote from W.E. Mays. In the 1790s an additional system was introduced. Davits were for the first time fitted on each quarter of ships for hoisting two of the lighter boats, usually cutters. ........Boats hoisted at davits came often to be called quarter-boats. According to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin this innovation had not yet appeared in 1790. The earliest example that I have been able to trace was in an order of 1798 that a number of 64-gun ships and some smaller, which were being fitted as transports, should each have a launch, with a jolly boat to stow inside it on the spar-deck, and two 25 foot cutters which were to hang at davits on each quarter. Fixed stern davits were introduced in the 1790s. these were used to handle a sea-boat, most commonly the smallest cutter called the jollyboat. So, Syren of 1782 would not have davits, as-built. That is not to say they were not added at a later date. As to being a fountain of information, I just happen to be lucky enough to have collected several dozen good books. Allan
  11. Richard According to W. E. May a 32 in about 1781 had a 23/24 foot launch, 30 foot pinnace, and 18 foot cutter. Cutter replace pinnaces in many cases starting about 1782/83. Lavery states that yawls were used in place of cutters earlier on. Neither mentions a 22 foot cutter. so choose your poison. Allan
  12. Agamemnon and Vanguard twin ships?

    Nice handle Semore. Share your name please :>) I looked at the RMG collections and the Aggy (64 guns) was 1781 out of Bucklers Hard and Vanguard (70 guns) was 1745 built to the 1745 Establishment and then another in 1787, a 74 (out of Deptford yard) and then again in 1835 (80 guns out of Portsmouth.) It is not likely there were any similarities to Aggy, certainly not sister ships. Maybe I missed one somewhere in between. There are a couple drawings of Vanguard dated 1748 built to the 1745 Establishment but not sure if it is the same ship as from 1745 as the drawing is dated 1745. Allan
  13. Jib stops?

    Mrmdpc Glad to meet you. What is your name? Hope this helps. It is from Chapelles American Fishing Schooners, page 381. Allan