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The Ships Cat

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  • Birthday 09/25/1962

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  1. New member from North Sydney Australia

    Welcome welcome ship mate. You and most of the ships crew won't know me but I've been knocking about silently for thousands of years keeping ships and their crews clean and safe. Welcome aboard shipmate and don't forget the catnip.
  2. Them Old Jokes

    A dog walked into a bar... Nearly killed him... It was an iron bar, stupid dog.
  3. Them Old Jokes

    So being a ships cat I get bored sometimes after a heavy days murdering of rodents and keeping me shipmates happy with a bit of purring and meowing. Now and again I like to visit me other ship born mates and hear their stories, the goats are a bit boring but the ducks are great. My old mate Quack the duck (known him a month, heard he's going in the pot) told me a great story the other day about a visit he made to a pub in old blighty London. Quack the Duck walks into a pub and asks - "Got any bread mate?" Barman - "No" Duck - Got any bread mate? Barman - No! Duck - Got any bread mate? Barman - No! Duck - Got any bread mate? Barman - No! Duck - Got any bread mate? Barman - No! Duck - Got any bread mate? Barman - No! ... If you ask me again I'll nail your beak to the bar! Duck - Got any nails mate? Barman - No! Duck - Good! Duck - Got any bread mate? Ooops gotta go, I think the bosuns just thrown himself overboard! Tell us an old joke please, I need something to share with Quack the duck before he goes. Poor Quack.
  4. Naval History On This Day, Any Nation

    On this day 1664 Samuel Pepys (Navy board) knowing very little of ships or ship construction applies himself to learning one of the things that would one day enable him to professionalise the Royal Navy. 12th. March 1664 ...Mr. Stacy with some company of pretty women, I took him aside to a room by ourselves, and there talked with him about the several sorts of tarrs, and so by and by parted, and I walked home and there late at the office, and so home to supper and to bed. One year later he's concerned with the corruption and mismanagement in the Navy... 12th. March 1665 ...By and by comes in my Lord, and he and I to talke of many things in the Navy, one from another, in general, to see how the greatest things are committed to very ordinary men, as to parts and experience, to do; among others, my Lord Barkeley. And two years later we see the affects of the mishandling of the Navy which Pepys so much wished to change graphically demonstrated. 12th. March 1667 ...This day a poor seaman, almost starved for want of food, lay in our yard a-dying. I sent him half-a-crown, and we ordered his ticket to be paid.
  5. Doubtless you've read it but I'll post the link just incase someone would like to peruse this interesting journal. Abel Janszoon Tasman's Journal http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600571h.html
  6. Naval History On This Day, Any Nation

    July 14th 1770 - James Cook is repairing Endeavour and makes the first accurate recorded description of the kangaroo.
  7. Caldercraft Endeavour/ Jotika

    Thanks very much. How I missed that link I'll never know, couldn't see the wood for the trees I guess. Thanks again. TSC.
  8. Caldercraft Endeavour/ Jotika

    Hi, I'm saving for an Endeavour kit and had decided upon a Caldercraft kit. Every so often I see a Caldercraft Endeavour Jotika and it's confusing me as to what if any differences there are. Can anyone enlighten me before I make a purchase please, is Jotika superior? Thanks very much. TSC
  9. Hi From London, England

    Hi and thanks for the warm welcome. Sure, my name's Charlie but TSC is fine by me. I'm not sure how much I can contribute to the day to day running of HMS Modelshipworld so I'm happy to sit in the shrouds watching and learning quietly until I'm ready to pounce.
  10. Hi From London, England

    Hi, I'm very new to ship building and it's through considering what I may or not be able to do, buy, or afford that has led me (back) to this wonderful site. I've never attempted a ship or any model for that matter since the early 80s, but back then my interest was in Japanese history and I built and painted samurai figurines, although I have very few remaining pictures from those days hopefully I'll be able to upload some (poor quality) pictures from back then when I work things out (I only have pictures on photographic paper). That aside, and as time moved on, I was interested in the men that made these voyages to discover the things that we now today take for granted. Not just the men who made the voyages but the men who made the voyages possible in the basest sense, not the men who pushed the pens but the men who made the nails and passed them onto the bloke that hammered them in. Sadly that's very difficult and I began reading ships logs to get a feel for the day to day life of the early mariner in the age of sail and discovery. I can tell you honestly that I've wept more than once when looking upon some of the tragedies that have fallen upon the lot of the normal blokes that made these amazing feats possible. Well, I'm waffling. Suffice to say I'm now at the stage whereby I want to understand exactly what these "normal every day men" built and sailed and how they went about constructing and working it. Anyways, hi again, and thanks for reading. TSC