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Mark P

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  • Birthday 09/08/1960

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    Rutland, England
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    Sailing ship models, scratch built. In-depth research into warship design and construction Henry VIII to 1790. History, art, architecture, archaeology, cultural, furniture making.

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  1. Good Evening Gentlemen; Not sure if anyone is still looking for this, but there are various copies advertised on the 'Bookfinder' website. The below version is not cheap, but there are others. I picked up a decent copy through that same website a while ago, for much less. The shipbuilding manuscript is also for sale on the same site. All the best, Mark P
  2. Good Morning Gentlemen; an interesting topic; I have checked my photos of ship models, and all the 74s, which are Ajax, Egmont, & Warrior, have backstay deadeyes on both fore and main masts, either as a narrower extension on the aft end of the channels, or as a separate stool; but no stool or deadeyes on the mizen channels. I also have pictures of the Thunderer/Hercules (which I strongly believe is actually Hero) which does have mizen backstays on a stool, but this was rigged in the NMM in the later 20th century, and these just might have been added then. Although l
  3. Good Evening Allan/Roger; I can confirm that none of the contracts held at either the NA or at the NMM have been digitised. The NMM ones are available as copies, but the last I heard this was an expensive service. At the NA, search under ref ADM 106/3071. This will bring up what looks like a bunch of contracts dealing with sick and wounded, but is actually largely comprised of ship contracts. Amongst these are several for 10 gun ketches of 1690-94. However, the index entry online is brief, and does not list the documents individually. There are a couple of
  4. Good Afternoon Brett; If you really seriously want to know the differences, and your interest lies in the 18th century, I recommend that you obtain a copy of 18th century rigs & rigging, by Karl-Heinz Marquardt. This gives in great detail the rigging of ships of many nations. All the best, Mark P
  5. Good Evening Stephen; Druxey is correct, but they flew the St George's cross also. Timothy Wilson's very useful book 'Flags at sea' gives the following for merchant ships, set down by a royal proclamation in 1674: 'The Flag and Jack White, with a Red Cross (commonly called the Saint George's Cross) passing quite through the same [that is, filling the whole flag, not in the canton] And the Ensign Red, with the like Cross in a Canton White, at the upper corner thereof next the staff'. English merchant vessels were banned from using the Union flag as flown on
  6. Good Afternoon Allan; You and Druxey are both correct, the function of these ports was indeed to defend the ship should she be boarded. 17the century bulkheads each end of the waist were much more substantial than later ones, for this reason, and I believe that they were permanent, not removable as they later became (must check that) The ports in the doors are sometimes referred to 'murther-holes'. The same name was used for small holes in the ceiling over a castle's gate-house passage, from which the garrison could fire down on any attackers below. All the best,
  7. Good Evening Everyone; Gunwale is the timber otherwise known as the plansheer, or planksheer, which was fitted to the top of the timbers of the main frame, and capped them off. I have not seen cap-rail referred to in any Royal Navy documents, although it is certainly performing a capping function, and may well have been so called in other times or places. When gunpowder weapons were first introduced on board ships, it seems that they were mounted on the top of the ship's side, presumably somewhat like swivel guns, in a metal fork. So the name of the strengthening wale
  8. Good Evening Amalio; I agree with Druxey; that is a very clever way of making the same shape of baluster. Thanks for sharing it with us. A beautifully constructed model. All the best, Mark P
  9. Good Morning Dave; As you are dealing with the lifts, the item at 'F' will almost certainly be a hook which is put into an eyebolt set in the side of the mast cap. However, in some rigging setups, the lifts also function as topgallant sheets; a resemblance which you noticed. More research needed! All the best, Mark P
  10. Thanks for posting this Kiyoo; It is all very interesting, and I look forward to learning more about your process. I can see that I need to learn this 3D stuff (I need it for work as well, so good reason to do so!) All the best, Mark P
  11. Good Morning Frolick; If that was just a humourous reaction to the possible double meaning, then ignore the following, but: Just to be sure, and in case this expression is not used in the States, it means to step delicately around something, verbally, which the speaker/writer does not want to mention directly. It can also be used to describe various situations where someone is not exerting themselves hard enough to achieve success. All the best, Mark P
  12. Good Evening Everyone; The word which everyone seems to be pussy-footing around so carefully is so old that its origins and early use are hard to trace, with similar words in a variety of languages. However, in medieval times it was a perfectly acceptable word, and did not have the shock-power that can now be attributed to it in some contexts. Sailors, not unnaturally, adopted it to describe something which was as close to the girl back home as they could get whilst at sea (cabin boys excepted, if they were so inclined, of course) And so 'see-you-enn-tee' -splice became an inoffens
  13. Good Evening George; Thanks for the explanation. Ditto I am familiar with, of course, but I thought that this must be connected with the following words and did not think of ditto. 'Wr' I now remember from other logs long ago, but had forgotten, so glad to have that knocked into my consciousness for future reference. I really enjoy reading old MSS; there is so much to discover. Re Caruana, I managed to track down a copy in Japan, and got it for $250. Very useful book, as Druxey says. On the other hand, when Caruana first published one of his volumes (I think it was vol
  14. Good Evening George; The note from the log reads as follows, as best as I can make it out (abbreviations can be difficult to read when dealing with only a small part of a document, so I am not clear on the beginning and a few other bits) Wednesday 7th Notes ?? sent 2 long six pounders ? 12 p? Carronades. shot &c ??? Mr? (Master? Could also be Wm for William but that does not fit context) Shipwrights employed on board. Crew variously received 88 Gall of Beer.
  15. This is an absolutely wonderful model! The weathered look of the sails is a great touch, but is only to be expected from such a careful, thoughtful, and incredibly skilled builder. Every little detail of this whole model bears witness to your dedication to producing a truly outstanding contribution to the field of ship modelling. Your methods for building in your chosen material are revelatory, and are, I am sure, an example which has brought the versatility of card to the notice of many who had no idea that such results were possible; and the same with your method of
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