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G. Delacroix

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  1. Hello, The translation of "bowsprit" in French is "mât de beaupré". "Bâton de foc" could be translated in "jibboom". GD
  2. Hello, It is a bit more complicated. It's a big three-masted longboat but, especially, this boat is armed with a cannon which makes it its specificity to fight the pirates. GD
  3. Hello, Here is the translation that I think almost correct, I have not translated words written in Greek. Mxxxx: Belou, Greek, vulgar, ( unknown origin perhaps of the Persian-Turkish "belous" noun and adjective meaning cunning or deceitful. In Xxx made for the police of the sea and intended to surprise the pirates, the term cunning would suit perfectly.) Name of a ship that differs little from a gunboat. It is about 50 (french) feet long and 10 wide. Its mature is composed of three masts with a single piece and a log. Their sails are sails to the third, like those of luggers, longboats, etc. It have eight or ten oars on each side. its armament consists of a piece of gun placed on the front in the direction of the log between two knighthead named Mxxx which serve as a gunport. The plank of the belou extends towards the rear so that it forms a wing on each side, this wing is called Txxx. The Mxxxx is no longer in use. GD
  4. 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

  5. They are inside, they would be inaccessible to the outside.
  6. 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
  7. Great Video

    Hello These images are extracted from "Master and commander", the music is perfectly unsuitable ... GD
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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