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  1. Check out The Command of the Ocean, A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 by N.A.M Rodger. While it does not go very heavily into the layout or operation of the shipyards themselves, it does talk about the development of the infrastructure necessary to build, supply and finance Britain's growing navy. It also touches on some aspects of personnel and pay management for the shipyards and ship builders as well as impressment policies within and outside of England. Regards,
  2. You don't even really need a cleat. You can literally hitch it to anything; a rail, a shroud, a deadeye laniard, a post, the mast, etc. There is not much tension involved with a flag. Regards,
  3. There is no excess rope to a flag halyard. It runs as a continuous loop from the clip or toggle at the top of the flag up through a block then back to a clip or toggle at the bottom of the flag. The resulting loop should be long enough to reach to wherever it will be belayed. The two parts of halyard rope that are now hanging below the flag can be married together and belayed with a simple clove hitch to any object. Regards,
  4. Well, taking the dimensions for a leager above: the width of a stave at the widest point is 3.65" for a 31 stave cask and 3.48" for a 33 stave cask. The difference of 0.17 inches is not great. I would think that any cooper would try to economize by using as few staves as possible. Regards,
  5. I am particularly impressed by the look of the window glass. Another fine job. Regards,
  6. The Manor House is absolutely stunning with expertly crafted details. I love the detailing with the cart and barrel. Regards,
  7. And, Lo, it was good and pleasing to his sight. And man forsook all else and dwelleth there for age upon age. Amen
  8. Nice diagram. I guess I should have been more clear with that line. The hole for the topmast is just large enough for the heel of the topmast to fit through. In fact, the top mast is able to pass through, and does, when the topmast is housed (lowered) or unshipped. The fid is the only thing holding it up. Regards
  9. The guns recoil about 18 inches when fired. That is all the slack that is in the breeching. That will bring the muzzle a short distance inside the gunport. The reloading was done by sticking yourself or your implements outside the gunport. A flexible rammer made from a large diameter rope could be used to help keep personnel inside the ship. The breeching remains affixed to the bulwarks and the cascabel during the entire loading operation. Regards,
  10. I very much doubt that there would be any gap to speak of on an actual vessel. Especially since the parts you are talking about are not really part of the top but constructed directly on the mast. They are the trestle trees and cross trees. The top rests on top of and is bolted to them. The forward hole is sized to take the heel of the topmast. Regards,
  11. That is not the way it is done. When the ship pays out the anchor rode to it's appropriate length its first purpose is to provide a horizontal pull along the bottom to set the flukes into the bottom. Then an additional length is payed out to provide some spring to allow the ship to ride easy at anchor. When getting underway again the ship is hove up to the anchor by the capstan until the anchor cable is vertical. at that point the flukes will have lost the proper angle to be able to bite into the bottom. Depending on the direction of the wind the effort can be assisted by sailing up to the
  12. My personal opinion is that, as in your first diagram, there would be one short and one long leg for the strop and that the seizing between the eyes would fall near the top of the bowsprit so that the crew had easier access to the seizing. Regards,
  13. Hi Did you get your rigging and masts done on the Vespucci.

    Really bad  and confusing instructions.


    I am really stuck on some clarity on the yards.



    1. popeye2sea


      Unfortunately, the rigging instructions for this kit are full of errors.  For instance there are no block and tackles employed on any line: there are no halyards listed: there are no sheets and tacks for the lower sails.  Most of the other lines are run incorrectly.  There are no belaying pins and not enough belaying points for the rigging.  And the plan seems to imply that most of the rigging leads to the base of the main mast.


      Personally, I scrapped the entire plan and rigged the ship per the description in Harold Underhills book Masting and Rigging the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier, covers ships of that time frame.


      Rigging the ship to this plan necessitated adding additional pin rails, eyebolts and cleats to appropriate points about the ship.  I also had to change the whiskers and martingale on the bowsprit to accommodate the additional rigging..


      If you are going to use the plastic sail they will have to be trimmed down quite a bit in their vertical dimension in order to fit and you should glue in a bolt rope around each one in order to prevent the rigging from ripping out of the sail.


      I purchase probably 100 or so 2mm single blocks and about 40-50 2mm double blocks to complete the rig.  I also layed up several sizes of three strand stainless steel wire rope to use for the standing rigging.

      I bought some very fine chain to use for the bowsprit stays and shrouds and anchor chains.  I also used chain for the fore and main lower topsail sheets.  The upper topsail sheets and some of the other rigging should be chain also, but at this scale I could not get any chain that would work.


      Overall, I would have to say that making this model was fun due to the research and challenge of reworking the entire rig. But I am only somewhat satisfied with the quality of the result. The very small scale prevents an accurate depiction of the ship.


      If you have any specific questions about the rig feel free to ask.





  14. Why would you rig jib sheets if there will be no sails? Regards,
  15. Weighing and raising the anchor is a several hours long process and involved a great number of the crew. The time and effort required to move obstructions from around the capstan was insignificant in comparison. Regards,
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