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  1. I am doing research so that I can draft a set of plans for an American Privateer Schooner (1812 era), the Snap-Dragon. I have reviewed 7 schooner designs, using plans obtained from the Smithsonian and Greenwich Maritime Museum and others printed in Chapelle's books. These ships are all about 100 feet in length with 25 wide at the mid-section. For most of the scantlings, I can make a credible determination using similarity or other means. However, one item, a rule to set height of the futtock heads is elusive. I have been unable to decipher a consistent rule, formula or standard. My observations, so far, 0 the length of the floor timber may be related to the moulded half breadth dimension. But my measurements range from 50 to 67%. Maybe, there is a better figure of merit? 0 My structural engineering background suggests that the overlapping futtock joints should align with deck intersections and the locations of the thick stuff where the punch loads from the decks into the timbers are best resisted. However, this does not seem to be an absolute rule. Other considerations are influencing the designer. 0 Is there a standard length for the overlap? Any thoughts? Take care, Snapdragon
  2. OK, I searched this forum for "atlas", and I found no hits for the Atlas du Génie Maritime. So I am possibly not duplicating any earlier mention of this great Mother Lode of ship plans. From a Civil War forum, I found an archived French Navy webpage with medium-definition scans of almost every ship plan in "Atlas du Génie Maritime": https://web.archive.org/web/20120113075641/http://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr/02fonds-collections/banquedocuments/planbato/atlas/rec.php Thank God for archive.org, because this is another great resource that has been taken down by government website tenders. One warning: the French built this page in the French language! (The sheer Gaul!) So I copied the entire list of plans and used Google Translate on it. The results are often (literal and therefore) amusing, but still useful. I would post both versions below so that the French and English lists can be searched, but there is a 2010 copyright on the archived page. My interests were limited mostly to mid-19th century steamships, but still I downloaded nearly 200 plans. There are plans for US Navy ships that I have seen nowhere else. Check it out!!
  3. Hello, I am a retired civil (water resources) engineer with a life-long interest in naval history and ships. Early in college, my two NROTC courses in Naval Ships Systems turned my career interest from computer science to engineering. Since then, I have always hankered to build model ships -- but never could find the time to start. Several years ago, upon retirement, I attempted a kit model I'd hauled around for 30 years: the USS Essex (32). But I soon realized my woodworking was too limited to meet my own standards, and my patience is too short for the hobby. Lately my son, a mechanical engineer, has been tutoring me on using SolidWorks CAD to gin up hull models from full-body plans. This is much more up my line. Our first effort was the USS Wampanoag (1866). We used the digitally-modeled hull to try our hand at 3D printing. We produced a tiny 3-inch hull, and learned a great deal about what doesn't work. Eventually I want to learn how to render the ships in 3D color drawings. Meanwhile I will hone my CAD skills, and enjoy working in the digital medium while pursuing my ship research. My only current project in wood is a 20-inch-long (1:48 scale) built-up wood and aluminium model of a Mississippi River mortar raft. I found some good plans from other modeler's past efforts, but also (thanks to on-line content of an Ohio library) came across a construction sketch that I'm sure is new to the modeling knowledge base. The model is on hold due to other projects, though. I am a passionate collector, collator, and distributor of data on various naval and engineering topics. Last year, I used an overhead frame and a 24-megapixel Nikon to digitally photograph Mare Island Museum's copies of The Modern System of Naval Architecture, in Three Folios. by J. Scott Russell (1865). As a complete novice in very-large-format book photography, I learned a lot about lighting requirements and distortion-correction, but eventually obtained some decent grey-scale page images. I have put the folios on a DVD as an HTML web. Two of the three folios are entirely ship plans, now available as 400-dpi JPEGs. In a few days, I will post in the "commercial" area of this site how to purchase the DVD -- the profits from its sale go to the Mare Island Museum. This year, I scanned an unbound set of the two folios of William H. Webb: Plans of Wooden Vessels, selected as types from one hundred and fifty of various kinds and descriptions, from a fishing smack to the largest clipper ships and vessels of war, both sail and steam, built by Wm. H. Webb, in the city of New York, from the year 1840 to 1869. I just offered to donate that set of 400 dpi TIFFs to the NRG, if they want to sell them on their site as downloads for $1 apiece -- maybe make some revenues for the Guild! My present research and article-writing passion began in late 2012, and involves obtaining the lines of the R. B. Forbes steam clipper Meteor (1864) from a 8-foot half-hull model held by the Smithsonian Institution. Last month, SI at last located the model in a warehouse, and I have my fingers crossed that we'll have a 3D scan done before the New Year. I'll open a forum topic on the peculiar design and history of this fast steamer, which was built to run-down and sink Rebel "Alabamas". The Meteor features prominently in an alternative-history "naval novel" that I am attempting to write. The premise is that Fenians would have had much better luck by taking to the high seas as commerce raiders after the US Civil War, rather than attempting to invade Canada in 1866 and 1867. I hope to produce a plausible and readable first novel after a few more years of researching and writing. Expected readership: about ten. I look forward to browsing the forums and admiring the work of real modelers! Craig
  4. Hi - Good Morning. I have been sent to you-all at Modelshipworld by two or 3 people, who suggested this group as knowledgeable and perhaps interested in the collection of scale drawings/ model plans that I would like to sell. My name is Cathy Dillon and my background and expertise is as a music teacher with my primary instrument being viola. Over the last couple of years I have started a business as an Antiques and collectibles vendor "Of a Certain Age". I aquired this collection from the basement/ estate of a gentleman who used to work behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC: Mr Derek Squires. I spent a lot of time unrolling and re rolling and labeling the pages, but not recently. There are about two 'Home depot buckets' full of nautical stuff, and I will have to write out a list. In the "Antique" arena the people who might be interested are the decorators who love the color of the old blue blueprints - and only really want the "elevations" that have the biggest visual impact. Anyway, most of those have been sold. Many of the remaining items are oversize, and difficult to display. However, I still have some interesting material, which does not appear / did not appear to be avaialble anymore when I did the bulk of my research more than a year ago. As an example I have : Amundsen's Northwest passage sloop "GJ ( O with a slash through it)A , Sheet 1 Coptright 1950 Model Shipways, Bogata, NJ scale 5/32= 1 ft. This one is approx 14" x 20. regular paper. some of the other scale drawings are quite a bit larger. here's another one : on OLD reverse blueprint paper Creamy yelow background with purple blue print: US Torpedo Boat " Cushing" copies of the 1897-98 plans Navy yard, Norfolk * Sheer, Half-Breadth and Body ( approx 24"x 48") and * Outboard profile and deck plan ( approx 48"x 16") here's a third one: sheets 1,2,5, of a 50 gun ship of approx 1733 My most expensive item would be a large (about 48" L x 28" Tall) framed blue blueprint asking $450.- It is one sheet of a real blue blueprint of a scale drawing of the Barque Califirnia- Sheet #3 "Details" mostly the deck plan ? Copyright 1933 drawn by AJ Fischer..apparently this was originally 3 sheets. I have sheet 1 the Hull lines ( decorative, but even larger, which would go with it) and I think I am missing sheet 2. Most of the price is the frame. Perhaps I have finally reached the right audience for this type of material? The drawings and topics range from ancient " row boats" to the Barque "California" to "Sea Witch" to steamships- Not sure what I else, but as I review what I have, eventually/soon I will have a more complete list, and can post it in the appropriate place on your forum. I am excited to be able to "talk" to people who may recognize the material! I am available the day of the Conference in New London, CT, April 27, 2013, and perhaps I will be able to attend as a vendor. I am about 2 hrs from New London, and would price them to cover costs, ( $20 a set or something?) but would like to the items to go to good homes. Best - Cathy Dillon