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  1. ... By Johnny Horton. Never heard this song before ...
  2. Power on! Coffee machine - hot showers - air conditioning!!!!
  3. Sara-sauna, er, I mean, Sarasota.
  4. High 90's with high humidity here in west central FL. Still no power, save the gas generator, seven days after Irma.
  5. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Would a flattened arch be called a "flarch"?
  6. Gunports on schooners

    The much-modeled letter-of-marque Lynx only mounted six guns when captured in 1813, but she had ports for 14.
  7. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    I nominate Talos for the "Best Naval Historical Find Of The Year Award"! Huzzah!
  8. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    ... And the circa 1820 W.A.K. Martin watercolor of her profile, showing the revised positions of her ten broadside ports.
  9. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    I'm beginning to think they all were, at least before the war broke out, but that the detail was too fine to reproduce on 1/4th inch scale plans. I suspect a whole bunch of similar drawings went up in flames in 1814 in Washington, and again in Norfolk in 1861.
  10. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    By the way, there is a contemporary drawing of Hornets eagle figurehead and tail-boards, not as beautifully drawn. The eagle looks about the same, but if I recall correctly, there is a drum in the trail-board. What is the significance of 17 stars? How many states were there in 1811? That is a Nautilus tucked into end, and doesn't the shape of Hornet's stern board remind you of the Chesapeake's?
  11. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Wow great view of Hornet's stern, Talos!! 1811 was when Hornet was completely rebuilt, (as opposed to a fanciful post-war rebuild) so she must have wore those carvings during her battles. I survived Irma, btw. Still no power, but I do have a working generator.
  12. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    I made naval-pattern deadlights after Charlie for all my windows. Reinforced plywood, they fit into the cills, and attached with multiple barrel-bolts. Over the years I have painted them on both sides, and cut small light/vision ports in them using a door-knob cutter. Even if the house blows away, they will still stay in place. The larger windows have naval upper and lower half-lid-and-bucklers-style ports, just like Constitution had. The only issues are storage, warpage, and their great weight, especially with the upstairs shutters.
  13. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Hal, tell us what Rush wanted for the Congress! I haven't blown out to sea yet, and I still have power and the inter-webby.
  14. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    I'm going to be signing off soon. Hurricane Irma is coming right at us!
  15. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Here is a copy of a post I made in 2014, regarding the America: "I found this xerox of a letter reprinted in an old book, "The History of the Navy Yard at Portsmouth, NH", page 15. I failed to preserve the author's name. Sorry. It is unclear whether John Paul Jones wrote the following or Capt. Robert Morris did later on, describing Jones's modifications to the America. Anyway, it describes in many ways the later Franklin/Washington Class 74's of 1813. "It had been intended to make the waste shallow with narrow gangways; the quarterdeck and forecastle to be short, with a large stern gallery. Instead of this, the quarterdeck was made to project four feet before the main mast. The forecastle was also long, the waste deep, and the gangways broad, and of equal height with the forecastle and quarterdeck. There was just room for the boats on the gangways. A breastwork pierced with gun ports, but of suitable height for musketry, and of the same strength and nature as the sides of the ship, ran all around the quarterdeck, gangway and forecastles, so that all the cannon on the quarterdeck and forecastles,could have been fought on one side, an advantage possessed by no other ship of her time. Above the breastwork, the poop stood on pillars 18 inches long, and projected eight feet before the mizen mast.. Round the poop a folding breastwork was made of light material, and of a strength to resist grape shot; it was made to fold down on deck, and could be raised in a minute, so it was impossible to perceive that the America had a poop at a distance of a quarter mile. There were only single quarter galleries, and no stern gallery." We know that Jones made many modifications to the Bon Homme Richard, but the number and nature were not recorded. I wonder if one or more of these mods had been made earlier to to the BHR. I will admit that I was never fully satisfied with Jean Boudriot's reconstruction. I think she looks too much like the pretty Indiaman Duc de Duras than Jones's deadly all- black-painted commerce raider. But I digress ... Jones continues: "The plan projected for the sculpture expressed dignity and simplicity. The head was a female figure crowned with laurels, the right arm raised, with forefinger pointing to heaven, as appealing to that high tribunal for the justice of the American cause. On the left arm was a a buckler with a blue ground and thirteen stars. The legs and feet of the figure were covered here and there with wreathes of smoke, to represent the dangers and difficulties of war. On the stern, under the windows of the great cabin, appeared two large figures in bas relief, representing Tyranny and Oppression, bound and biting the ground with the cap of liberty on a pole above their heads. On the back of the starboard quarter gallery, a large figure of Neptune, and on the larboard gallery, a large figure of Mars. Over the window of the great cabin, on the highest part of the stern, was a large medallion, on which was a figure representing Wisdom surrounded by danger With the bird of Athens over her head." The book's author added, probably correctly: "The danger surrounding Wisdom, was probably emblematically expressed by flashes of lightening." Addendum: This could be the only WRITTEN description of a Continental Navy ship's carvings, aside from the drawings of the Frigates Raleigh, Hancock, etc. I just love the description of Tyranny and Oppression "biting the ground"! "
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