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      An Incentive to Start A Build Log - New Plan Set from the NRG   03/17/2018

      An Incentive for Starting a Build Log

      The NRG’s Generic East Coast Oyster Sharpie plan sets have been selling out – we had to reorder prints 2X already.

      BUT nobody has started a build log yet.  As an incentive we have decided to reward the first three (3) MSW / NRG members who purchase the plans and start and continue* actual build logs** from the plans. 

      The build logs should be started in the scratch built forum and labeled with Generic Sharpie – by “your ID”.  When we have six or more build logs up and running we will set up a group build area for the Generic Sharpie build logs.

      The winners will be able to pick any one of the prizes listed below:

      Free registration for one day at 2018 or 2019 NRG Conference                  ($145 value)

      Shop Notes 1 and 2 set                                                                         ($60 value)

      Nautical Research Journal – all content set                                              ($145 value)

      4 CD's or 1 flash drive         

      Continental Galley Washington Plan set                                                    ($65 value)

      1 year NRG membership or extension                                                      ($50 - $62 value)



      *“Continue” means that multiple posts containing build log content must be made for a minimum of 30 days after the initial post.  Logs will be tracked by starting date and the first 3 that have continued for 30 days following their initial post will be declared the winners.

      **Note the words “actual build logs” – no fair showing a few pieces of wood and going no further just to win. 


      The NRG has a new set of plans available for purchase with a free 200+ page full-color monograph .  Check the NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD NEWS forum below for details.  This plan set is developed for the first time scratch builder with limited tools and experience.  All materials are standard strip stock available from hobby wood suppliers.  However, it is also a great project for the more experienced builder looking for a smaller project to take a break from the bigger builds.  Remember MSW Members who provide us their real name are considered members for the discounted price.  An email or call to the office before you order with your real name and MSW user name before you order is needed for the discount code.

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  1. ... was the USS Cumberland in 1861, showing off at the Battle of the Hatteras Inlet. From "What Finer Tradition: The Memoirs of Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN", USC Press, 1987, pp.39-40 " The repairs completed and vacancies in the complement filled, the Cumberland joined the fleet at Hampton Roads, and soon after was employed at the blockade of Hatteras Inlet. Since federal Naval forces controlled the lower Chesapeake, Norfolk's main line of water communication was via the Sounds of North Carolina, to the sea access was afforded through this inlet; and there the Confederates had erected two forts, the capture of which was undertaken by the Cumberland, Minnesota (flagship of Commodore Stringham) , Pawnee, Susquehanna, Wabash and Monticello on August 28, 1861. The initial bombardment caused an initial evacuation of the outermost fort, with little damage to the fleet, but the second fort, further inside, was more difficult to deal with since only our larger guns could reach it, and at the end of the first day, their flag was still flying. That night, the Cumberland, not having any steam power, stood offshore a a precaution against the threatening weather, and was therefore late in joining the bombardment on the following morning. Standing in under all sail for the line of engaged ships, and luffing ahead of the leading one, we executed a simultaneous evolution of shortening and furling sail, dropping anchor, and opening fire; which the captain had adopted at my suggestion. It was a very smart and inspiring piece of seamanship, demonstrating the splendid qualities of our crew. Old officers who saw the maneuver had often spoken of the magnificence and beauty of the ship on this, the last occasion of an American frigate going into battle under sail. The fleet spent most of the forenoon in bombarding the second fort, with little apparent result. Neither did the enemy's return fire do any appreciable damage. Finally a shell from the fleet dropped close to the earthworks, and into the ventilator of the bomb-proof, where most of the Confederates were sheltered. It did not explode, but fearing that it might do so, they rushed outside and hoisted a flag of truce. This ended the battle. Several days later. I had the opportunity to go ashore and investigate what kind of shell had caused the surrender. The Cumberland being the only ship of the fleet carrying 10-inch guns, and since both of her 10-inch guns were under my command, it was a source of great personal gratification to find a 10-inch shell in the bomb-proof." Actually, Lt. Selfridge was incorrect, since the Minnesota (flag) and the Wabash also carried 10-inch guns.
  2. Rigging Civil War Naval Guns

    According to "Warships of the Civil War Navies", by Paul Silverstone, page 86, the USS Tom Freedman initially mounted one 32-pdr/60 cwt and one 32-pdr/37 cwt. The former was swapped out for an 8"/55 cwt in April 1863, and they also added a 12-pdr rifle. That gun looks like a 32/60 cwt.
  3. Rigging Civil War Naval Guns

    Notice in the Thomas Freeborn photo, that altho the gun is rigged on a traditional carriage, it is sitting over a pivot trace, like the one in the right lower corner, and the wheels appear to be lifted just barely above the deck. (Note the wheels shadows.) As huge as that gun looks, the trunnion is only about six inches in diameter, it having the same width as the bore, making it a 32-pounder. At first, I thought she was an 8" shell gun, just due to its great size compared to the foolish fellow looking down the sight. I had not heard of a 32-pounder mounted on a pivot during that period. They seem to have rolled it over a rectangular wood, deck-colored platform, that I had first thought was just the deck, and then raised/attached the gun to it, but the carriage's shadow is just not right for that.
  4. Cut down / Razeed ships

    Let's not forget the USS Independence, 74, of 1813, a ship so badly altered from her design, that they had to caulk her lower ports shut while crossing the Atlantic on her only cruise. But after she was razeed, she became one the navy's favorite and best performing frigates. She lasted until about 1913.
  5. Saw this fun Naval Academy Museum lecture posted over at the CivilWarTalk board, by poster USS Alaska. Dr. Craig Symonds is a great lecturer. Enjoy:
  6. Here's another cool Youtube video from 'Forgotten Weapons', narrated by Ian, aka 'Gun Jesus', on the seven barreled 'Nock Volley Gun' from the 1790s. Enjoy!
  7. What would you like to learn to cook?

    Yes. But she's very pretty, and she's a doctor, so 2 outta 3 ain't bad!
  8. What would you like to learn to cook?

    My wife burns cornflakes. When asked what she likes to make, she answers "reservations".
  9. Greatest 74 gun ship

    The most attractive British 74, was HMS Majestic, circa 1784 me-thinks, and her four sisters, like Nelson's famous HMS Captain, Orion, etc. They were designed by a man named Bately. She has a very grand sweeping Stem and head that is really very attractive. There is a model of one of her sisters in the Annapolis Rogers collection, HMS Canada, which is mis-identified as HMS Triumph.
  10. Greatest 74 gun ship

    The best "74", with regard to sailing qualities, is thought by some to have been the USS Ohio, 74, of 1820, a one-off design by Henry Eckford. The British seemed to have liked the captured French Courageux of 1761, since they designed the forty-plus ships of the Surveyors' class around it. As far as history goes, HMS Defense, 74, of 1758 fought in just about every major naval fleet engagement in the age, from the American Revolution to Trafalgar, but was lost with all hands in a storm off Holland in 1811. British notables of the time, like contemporary Naval Historian William James, seemed to like the French La Spartiate, captured by Nelson at the Nile, and used by him at Trafalgar. I've seen her draughts and she looks just lovely! And many more ...
  11. And the song is pretty decent too. "Leaving you for Me" featuring a duet between Tarja Turunen (ex Nightwish) and Martin Kesic, circa 2008i.
  12. Favorite old timer quotes

    The most challenging seam for a ship's carpenter to caulk, or "Pay", was the junction of the upper deck waterways and the deck planking. It was unflatteringly known as "The Devil". The pitch used for the job also had to be very hot to do the job correctly, and with minimum labor. So the expression for an extremely difficult task in the 19th century was "There is the Devil to Pay and no pitch hot!" Today, we just say "There is the Devil to Pay", but we think it just means give satan money as a bribe.
  13. Who is your favorite musician or band?

    Pat Benatar! My first real live concert in 1978. I fell in love!
  14. Brittany Sloops

    Wasn't Brittany Sloops a popular singer in the 1990's? "Whoops, I did it again ..." Thanks for the interesting links, Dee Dee, especially the Irish one!

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