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  1. Spooky new Christmas Carol, 'Oh Tannenbaum' - gothic style.

    Oh why not, one more:
  2. Spooky new Christmas Carol, 'Oh Tannenbaum' - gothic style.

    Tarja with a more classical Christmas tune, Schubert's 'Ave Maria': See, she's not always so scary. Tarja with Nightwish, singing 'Ever Dream':
  3. Here's the most unique version of the Christmas Carol ''Oh Tannenbaum'' that I've ever heard. The singer is Operatic Mezzo Soprano, and symphonic goth-rocker Tarja Turenun, formerly front woman of the Finish Band Nightwish. This is kind of a Tim Burton-ish 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' version, and as spooky as it is, I really kind of like it! (Time for my meds ... ) Sung in German, of course: Its from her new New album "From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)". Doing my bit to keep you all culturally up-to-date! Don't be frightened ...
  4. Maritime sketches

    "Hey, hey, we're the Monkeys! people say we monkey around! But we're too busy singing, to put anybody down!" Awesome talent brother !!!!
  5. This may give you nightmares: God rest their souls ...
  6. The nautical term "Chinese Junk" comes to mind ...
  7. Thanks for the review. It is now on my get-once-I-have-money list. Curious: What does Winfield now say about the design and origins of the enigmatic HMS Guerriere, which fought the Constitution in 1812, and which was formerly La Guerriere, launched circa 1799, and captured by HMS Blanch in 1806?
  8. The 1799 indent for stores of the USF Essex listed a 'painted table' for the wardroom (6'4" long) and 12 'fan back' chairs which were 'painted and varnished', four of them with arms, which Portia Takajian kindly drew in her inboard profile plan for her AOTS volume.
  9. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    The first cutter of the larger Sloop-of-War John Adams, in 1820, was 27 feet, one foot shorter than the Wasp II's with twelve 14 foot oars. There was no '2nd-cutter' listed, per se, but three quarter-boats, one 25 footer, and two identical 24 footers. The 24' boats were 4 inches wider than the 25-footer. The launch was 29' 6" (sixteen 16' oars.). The jolly boat was 20' and the gig was 26'. (From Chapelle, ibid, p.504.)
  10. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Found another boat clue for the Wasp II. A receipt dated November 22, 1813: "John Wade made for $224.00 first cutter of 28 feet at $8 per foot." At least I have one of the boats' length, and I know that Boston's John Wade made it. How did they get them safely up the winding coast to Newburyport? From my earlier posting: "1 cutter and 1 stern boat & 24 oars" for $385.60." and "1 cutter & painting boats and oars" for for $256.80." If it was the first cutter mentioned, then $385.60 - $224.00 = $161.60 for the stern boat and the oars. If I knew what an oar cost, then I could find the length of the stern boat. If it was the second reference, then the cost for painting the three boats and all the oars was 256.00 - 224.00 = $32.00. Kind of low, considering that the Frolick's two boats and oars were painted for $51.00. So I think it was the first cutter mentioned. And of course it is logical to assume that the first cutter delivered would be called the "1st cutter"!
  11. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    I would say three in the waist, and one in the stern davits, if they were available. I suspect Frolick picked up a used boat in the Boston Navy Yard, while the Wasp II could have grabbed one in Portsmouth, NH. (Borrowed pre-existing boats might not have made it onto the sloops's official cost ledger.) When the Wasp defeated HMS Reindeer, Midshipman David Geisinger noted that afterwards they took on board Reindeers gig which had been towing astern. Was this to augment a wartime scarcity omitted when they fitted out in Newburyport, or was one or more of the Wasps boats damaged in that intense and bloody battle?
  12. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Fun fact: Very briefly in 1814, Master Commandant Lewis Warrington re-rigged his Sloop-of-War Peacock, while at sea, into a bark, to disguise his identity, confirmed by British Admiralty intel reports.
  13. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    The Wasp of 1806 had, at least, the following: a 21 foot whaleboat a 20 foot cutter a 25 foot (or possibly 26 foot) launch (Original Research by Herb Ebsen and Russ Aller from the 1980's. From the four part series in Ships and Scale Magazine, from the 1990's.Their sources unknown.) According to an 1814 bill submitted to the navy, the USS Frolick, built in Charlestown, MA, in 1813, had, at least, and certainly more, "2 boats 1st and 2nd cutter & oars [which cost] $417.70." No dimensions given. They paid another contractor $51 and change to paint them. The Frolick (and the Wasp II of 1813) was 13 feet longer, and carried four more guns, than the 1806 Wasp. The 1813 Wasp had at least three boats, dimensions not given, from two bills. "1 cutter and 1 stern boat & 24 oars" for $385.60. and "1 cutter & painting boats and oars" for for $256.80. In 1832, the Sloop-of-War John Adams carried 7 boats. Their complete dimensions are given in the appendices of Chapelle's 'The History of the American Sailing Navy', p.504. JA was 23 longer on deck than the 1806 Wasp. On p.505 he shows the plans for the boats of the new Frigate Potomac, launched 1829, whose lines could be scaled down. Wasp 1806 and Potomac were both built in the Washington Navy Yard. I have the lines drawing, dated Boston, 1816, for a replacement cutter built by John Wade for the Frigate Congress. This I believe is the oldest US Navy ship boat lines drawing. It was misfiled in the National Archives with the plans of the later 1839 Congress!
  14. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    No quarter davits on sloops of war at this period. Frigates and liners only, but American sloops would get them about the 1820-30's. In a letter written by none other than the the Wasp's victorious 1812 commander, Jacob Jones, after the epic HMS Frolic fight, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy that he saw HMS Poictiers approaching him bow on, and at a distance. He could tell nothing of her force at that time, he explained, but since she carried quarter boats, he had reasoned, she could only have been a frigate or a ship of the line. She was the latter, of course, and she captured the still shattered Wasp. Let me check on those boats ...