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piratepete007

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  • Birthday 05/09/1941

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    model ship building
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  1. Bowsprit 'Steps' not Step

    Thanks JerseyCity Frankie. What you say about ship movement at different parts of a ship is so well explained. Just intrigued to hear 'what countries did what and when' in relation to safety on the bowsprit. In my limited experience, I have seen very little written. Pete
  2. Bowsprit 'Steps' not Step

    Thanks for the quick reply Pat. Yes, I have seen a reference to those 'man ropes' (is that what they are called ?) extending out along the bowsprit but I cannot remember where. If you can put that on your list of things to do, I would really appreciate your doing so. The steps and/ or the ropes seem just a very logical thing to make use of. Pete
  3. Bowsprit 'Steps' not Step

    I asked the above question a few months ago regarding the presence of 'steps' extending out along at least part of the bowsprit and am totally ignorant of when and where these may have been used. Found the following image which explains what I am on about. So any comments re these steps would be most appreciated. Pete
  4. In regards to the last question, I have used automative tape that auto sprayers place on vehicles when separating different colors. It is not expensive, can be purchased from auto supply places and comes in various widths. The one I use is only 6.5 mm wide. When pressed down firmly, the result is superb and no bleeding occurs. Pete
  5. I have another question to ask of the Forum. Looking at two 18C East Indiamen ships - the English Falmouth (some very early drawings) and the Swedish Goethenburg (video of the replica) and both ships have 'steps' running along the top edge of the bowsprit. The latter showed a sailor using these 'steps' as he moved up the mast. Can anybody shed any light on these ? Were they characteristic of a certain time period ? Were they only used on merchant vessels ? Only certain nations ? I am intrigued by this as today was the first time I became aware of such a bowsprit addition. Would like to get some more detail on these 'steps' for sure. I am aware that certain vessels also used a climbing rope up the bowsprit. Pete
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