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    Shubenacadie NS, Canada
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    Sailing ships, boating, sailing, canoeing, boatbuilding in 1:1 and various other scales.

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  1. Halyards made out of chain?

    Masting and Rigging the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier by Harold A. Underhill talks of chain Tyes in depth. Halyards were rigged one of several ways. Smaller vessels had the chain go from the centre of the yard, up through the mast sheave, down to a block and tackle fastened to the deck and belayed to a pin on the rail. A little larger and the end of the Tye had a gin block on it. The halyard was fastened standing end to an eye bolt on deck, up through the gin block, down to a block for the standard rope purchase. Treble blocks for all these of course. The largest used a winch and a wire halyard with the standing end on one side, up through the gin block and back down to the winch. No purchase on this at all. The standing end and running end were brought down on opposite sides of the ship. They served as additional backstay type rigging transmitting load down to the deck evenly port and starboard. Underhill cautions one to take care in modelling to ensure that if the blocks are too close together, the yard may not hoist all the way up. Too far apart and rope is wasted, especially on a treble block system. The other thing to watch out for is the gin block. It has to be close up under the sheave in the lowered position or the block will come up against the stay below when hoisted before the yard is all the way up. He probably does a better job of explaining it than I do but that's the gist of it.
  2. location of stud sails (stuns'l) when stowed

    Wayne, in your image above, I notice that the lower stuns'ls are hoisted to the end of the Stuns'l boom while the topmast stuns'ls are hoisted to the ends of the yards. Does anyone know why this is? I'd expect that hoisting them all out to the ends of the booms would provide space for a wider sail so more sail area. The drawback would be the stresses on the boom of course....
  3. A question about the Jeers

    I've been looking at Pandora's Jeer bitts lately and I can't figure out how they were used. There's the two blocks at the bottom of each upright, the lower and upper cross member... but how is something made fast to it? There are no belaying pins but I suspect the lines would have been too large for belaying pins. Kevels? I don't see any there. Does anybody know how the Jeers would have been used and how things would have been made fast? Or was it made fast elsewhere? Thanks for your help guys. Daniel
  4. USS Constitution (Mamoli 1:93) What to do?

    I second hearing the backstory as well as continuing with her. If you don't like the results when you've completed her, you'll have the practice on a whole project and could start her over again either from scratch or from a new kit. Keep going.
  5. On the Woodenboat Forum we use what we call the 'Standard reference for scale". A beer bottle. Most projects involve larger pieces than on this site so it's easy to use as a good scale reference.
  6. HMS Pandora 1779 in 3D

    Jingyang, Your work is beautiful. Could you put up some close ups of the main jeers forward of the mast? I'm curious about what that part looks like. Maybe like the image from inside the great cabin like you put up for Gaetan? I'm trying to visualize what that part will look like once complete. Thanks, Daniel
  7. Art of period shipbuilding

    Great information here. Anyone have more to add? The imagery takes this thread over the top.
  8. Art of period shipbuilding

    Great information here. Anyone have more to add? The imagery takes this thread over the top.
  9. A question about Lady Nelson by Amati

    It would be my first wooden kit and my Cutty Sark done as a teenager 25 years ago or more was certainly over simplified in the rigging department as well. I think this one will be my first kit when I come to building my first kit. Sooner rather than later I hope.
  10. A question about Lady Nelson by Amati

    Would this kit be acceptable for a first go? It's no Vanguard and certainly more involved than a ship's boat. Rigging that's not too complex (I've rigged a Cutty Sark but that was years ago) and not so simple as to be boring either. I would build her as Witch of Endor that Hornblower uses to escape the French in Flying Colours. I think this kit is about as close as one can get to the vessel described in the book. 10 gun cutter, sweeps. Leave out the swivel guns, maybe change the companionway hatch, move the holes for the sweeps forward a bit as the work described seems to be forward as described in the book. All easy changes to make to this kit. One could even build her with Bush at the tiller, Brown yelling at the freed galley slaves pulling on the oars and Hornblower and the French pilot manning the port side aft 6 pounder. Any thoughts on it?
  11. Sergal Cutty Sark

    She truly is a beautiful craft. If only she could be put back to sea.
  12. I see you're in Ontario, Canada. I grew up in Cornwall, a few hours down the river from you. You can access ALL of the books through Inter Library loan. Decide what series, (start with Hornblower I'd suggest) and order each book in turn as you need it. The Hornblowers will read quickly, 150-200 pages of pretty easy reading per book. By the time you reach POB, they're 3-400 pages each and the reading is not beginner reading. Still well worth reading all of them. I have them all on my shelves and read through each series in turn from time to time.
  13. I've read all the books of each series you mention in your original post with the exception of the last. I've read one or two books by Nelson but not any entire series. I started with Hornblower as a young kid of 12 or so. I started POB later in life. I would place him far and away the best of the genre. His character development and storylines are incredible. He puts you in the era. Hornblower and Bolitho are easier to read and also excellent stories. In fact, I would say my favourite story is of Hornblower drifting down the river Loir to escape Napoleon's soldiers. Excellent reading. It's a bit later in the series though. If you want my suggestion, read them all. Start at book one of the Kydd series perhaps. Or the Hornblower or Bolitho series. Don't start with POB or you'll be disappointed when you move on to the others. Enjoy them all then join the Aubrey Maturine appreciation society group on Facebook. There truly is a cult following of POB.
  14. April 10, 1963 - USS Thresher tragedy

    I'm a diesel boat submariner. There's an eerie sense being deep below the surface. Looking up through the escape hatch sight glass toward darkness from the deep is humbling. These guys deserve as much respect as our beloved Nelsonian sailors. Dolphin 38.
  15. 18th century sailing commands

    In your case, you're looking to simply "brace the fore yard to stbd" or "brace the cro'jack to port"