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About Sailor1234567890

  • Birthday 05/05/1977

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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. How would one use Sketchup to lay out say a ship's helm. I'm picturing a classic 8 spoke with a bronze hub. The hub is round and has square holes around the perimeter. I understand making spokes round but how do you get a "hole" in the outer rim of the hub into which the spoke would fit?
  2. Ship paintings

    The wrecked clipper ship is beautiful. Very well done.
  3. how many of you are a..

    I've been in the navy for 15 years and have yet to participate in any crossing of the line ceremony. My ex wife crossed the equator at 0 Longitude in HMCS Fredericton though. I've crossed the Atlantic quite a few times now in a few different ships, length and breadth of the Med, Caribbean and back a bunch of times, up North as well but never across any of the lines required for ceremonies. Maybe one day......
  4. To French speaking mates for a translation.

    I don't know that anyone would call it a mat de beaver, just beaupre. With the appropriate cents on the a and e of course.
  5. Name the Ship Game

    Most definitely not Cutty Sark. She never crossed 6 yards on the fore, only the main. Until 1885 when she was cut down. Hull is wrong for Cutty as well. Quarterdeck is off. That ship crosses upper and lower t'gallants and Cutty Sark only ever crossed single T'gallants. Double topsail's though as shown in the image. Dead thread.... resuscitating it?
  6. I can't for the life of me figure out how the number of guns on a ship are counted. A 74 gun ship has many more than 74 guns. Victory, a 104 gun first rate, has many more than 104 guns. Which ones are not counted in the reckoning? I know bow and stern chasers are not included but that still doesn't balance things in my count. Thanks, Daniel
  7. 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.
  8. 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....
  9. 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