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G. Delacroix

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  1. Hello Mr Delacroix

    Is the 24 prd frigate L'Egyptienne your next monograph? If it's so, in which languages besides French is it going to be published and on what date?
    I want to take advantage of the opportunity to congratulate you on your fantastic work about this subject. In fact, I have your last two monographs: L'Amarante and Le Rochefort.
    Best regards from Spain,
    José Bustillo

  2. They are inside, they would be inaccessible to the outside.
  3. Hello, In the French navy , and whatever the ship (vessel or frigates), the hawse is closed by a hawse-plug which is a plug of poplar wood. There is two models: one that completely obstructs the hawse, it has a conical shape and it's used at sea. The other is almost similar but it is cut along its length leaving a channel to pass the cable anchor. It's use when the ship is anchored. These plugs are immobilized by four ring-bolds implanted around the hawse. GD
  4. Great Video

    Hello These images are extracted from "Master and commander", the music is perfectly unsuitable ... GD
  5. Hello, You have to take a carriage used after 1758 ie the one on the drawing from above. The height of this carriage is surprising, it is necessary to verify its height so that the gun is in the middle of the port. The bottom drawing is taken from the monograph on the 64-gun ship Le Fleuron. This 1730 eight-pounder cannon has a pre-1758 carriage, which is here proportioned for a 24-pounder gun port. It is a special arrangement for the Fleuron. Its dimensions are not common. Gérard Delacroix
  6. Hello, In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and probably before, in France, the cannons were all rigged in this way. The breeching passes through the gun carriage. The through holes are worked accordingly by rounding the edges. GD
  7. You have to rig your cannons as in this photo to the reserve of only one tackle in the back. The dimensions of the elements are as follows (guns of 6 / guns of 8), real dimensions to scale for your model - single and double block: 175mm/200 mm - rope of tackle: diameter: 17mm/20 mm - breeching: diameter : 32mm/47 mm GD
  8. Hello, In the photograph showing a cannon moored along the wall (in fact my section of the Fleuron), we can observe the device that keeps the port-lid tightly closed. We can see the handspike (heaver ?) of the gun placed across the port, it serves as a restraint with two seizing passed through the rings which are inside the port-lid when it's closed. This is very rarely illustrated. GD
  9. Hello, I must say that I have never met the name of the accessory that is quite common in Latin rigging. Present at the end of the yards but also on the head of the bow for the same purpose: to save sails. This element could it be a wooden disc as it would appear on some drawings? Why not but I doubt because the weight of such a disk would bend the yard. Concerning the curvature of the yard, it's natural and due to the weight and the flexibility of the yard wood (pine). For huge galleys yards I studied, the "comite" or executive chief of the galley (that is, among others the function, sail master), takes the curvature into account when cutting the sails. The arc of this curve is, at rest, between 3 and 4% of the length of the yard so about 3 feet to a yard of around 100 feet for the longest of them. With the wind, the rope retaining and swelling of the sail this curvature increases. Regards, Gérard Delacroix
  10. Hello, Plans are probably pretty easy to find: the square-rigged ships were inspired by The Santa Maria of Columbus, Latin rigged ships come from the Nina and the Pinta. GD
  11. Hello, This "object", which is composed of a large piece of sheepskin with its all its wool, is designed to avoid tearing of the back sail by the top end of the fore yard when they are handling. This yard end is very flexible. The great latin sails are succeptibles to many positions to function properly, this involves yard movements sometimes poorly controlled with high winds. The bottom of the yard is often equipped with this accessory but this part is more controllable because it is steeper and it is headed by a rope. Regards, Gérard Delacroix
  12. Hello, The length of the hull and deck planking on French ship must be between 22 and 50 (french) feet either from 7.15 to 16.25 m. This is explained by the supply of ports, it is more of an observation than a rule: the planks are 10 to 13 inches (27 to 35 cm) wide which requires trees of big size to debit if we take into account the removal of the sapwood. For the sake of economy, it operates the maximum usable length in the trees also available strakes have very varying lengths but still nearby the recited values. Near the hull ends, strakes are shorter because they are cut in wood twisted to adapt to the curvature of constraints; on the sides, they are the longest length available in the timber yard. Typically, the plank lengths on the plans are indicative, you have the freedom to place your differences, you only have to stick to the lengths detailed above, but mainly to avoid having two successive scarph on the same frame at least four or five strakes above or below. For Le Gros-ventre, indicative lengths are drawn on the plates No. 21, 22 and 25. Regards, Gérard Delacroix (Message send in MP to Mau)
  13. Hello, This rigging accessory is present in one of my monographs, L'Aurore of 1766. This is a rare example because, as I said, this element is rarely figured on the time models. GD
  14. Hello, These two elements are called "croissant de beaupré" (bowsprit saddle ?) and "ratelier de beaupré" (bowsprit rack-blocks ?). They have been used in France in the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century, ie in the great classical period of sailing ships. The "croissant de beaupré" is relatively rare but the "ratelier de beaupré" is much more common. Regards, GD
  15. L' Amarante book/plans question

    Hello, And thank you for your interest in my work. Monograph Amarante have 32 plates of drawings in 1/36 scale including 5 plates relating rigging. Others apply to framing and equipment. In the booklet, the rigging is featured on about fifteen pages. L'Amarante is a nice little ship that size to 1/36 scale remains reasonable for its construction. On a more pragmatic level, the dollar/euro exchange is very interesting right now for American people, it is time to explore the French monographs, (Jean Boudriot's and mine), who cover a large part of the french navy from 1650 to 1850. My monographs are here Have a nice day Gérard Delacroix Sorry for my bad English...