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  1. Not sure what you mean by reef line. Are you referring to reef points or a reef tackle? Also to my knowledge Constitution does not set a crossjack or mizzen course. The sole purpose of the crossjack yard is to spread the foot of the mizzen topsail. Regards,
  2. Nice work on the carriages. I particularly like the way you did the carriage bolts. Much less time consuming and fiddly than the way I did mine. Wish I had thought of that. IMO the molded notches for the trunnions sit a bit too high and the pegs/pins for the attachment points for the cap squares are too large. The cap squares are the the parts that hold the gun barrel to the carriage. They fit over the trunnions. One end hinges on one of the pegs the other is fastened with a through pin. Regards,
  3. This would also only be possible if the port was fitted with a port scuttle
  4. Great information! Though I am not convinced about the gun port being closed after each shot. The port would have had to stay open to allow for the rammer, swab, and worm to be able to be inserted into the muzzle for loading the next round. Regards,
  5. From what I have been able to find, looking in the Royal Navel Handbook of Field Training 1926, the MK II Carriage Land Service was used for the MK I Howitzer. However, that is a 6 inch diameter shell so they would not be fitting into those holes Regards
  6. Modern signal flags are made with a ring spliced into the top of the tack line, which runs through the tabling on the hoist of the flag and extends beyond the bottom of the flag, and a snap hook spliced into the bottom of the line. The snap hook also has a hole with a sharpened edge that takes the marline that can be used to make up the flag for breaking after running it aloft in a rolled bundle. If you look closely in the WWII flag bags (still used today) you will see that the flags are held in racks of "fingers" that have slots to hold the rings and snap hooks of the flags vertically. Each set of fingers holds two of the same flag. The flags are arranged in the flag bag grouped together by type and alphanumerically (letters, numeral flags, numeral pennants, special pennants, substitutes). In operation you have a flag bag operator and a man on the halyard uphaul. The halyard uphaul has a snap hook spliced in the end. The flag bag operator snaps the hook on to the first flag of the hoist and the up haul is hauled pulling the ring out of the fingers. While the flag is coming out of the bag the flag bag operator is snapping the hook from the first flag onto the ring of the second flag. This continues until the hoist is complete. The last flags snap hook is then hooked into the halyard downhaul and the hoist is the raised to the required height (at the dip which is halfway up, or close up which is fully raised to the yard arm). Depending on the ship you can fit a half dozen flags or more in a single hoist. Additional halyards are employed until the signal is complete. Signals are hoisted from outboard in. A well trained signal crew can raise a hoist of flags in seconds from receiving the coded signal. Regards, a USN Signalman
  7. Just a thought along the lines of mooring lines. You will find that ships, especially ones with high freeboard, place mooring line chocks on the hull closer to the water line. Sometimes they are set into the hull, other times they are mounted in a sort of blister. Perhaps? Henry
  8. Probably. You see the red sails mostly on coasters and fishing vessels. I doubt it would be used too much for naval vessels. Regards,
  9. Barking or Tan Barking of sails produces the color you see in the photo. It was done in order to give more longevity to the sails, but it was generally deemed to be too expensive to do on larger vessels with a lot of canvas. Regards,
  10. Non-italians pronouncing espresso as expresso Regards,
  11. Could it be that what we are looking at here is a misrepresentation of several lines leading down to the same area? I can picture the shrouds being set up with blocks instead of deadeyes, but could the rigging plan designer be confusing fixed runners from other lines, i.e. halyards? These would lead up inside the shrouds and communicate with tackles on the opposite rail. Just a thought. Regards,
  12. The admiralty number was sort of a part number assigned by the Navy. It would not identify the specific piece. It's more like; admiralty number 162..gun mount assembly, 2 pdr, quad. admiralty number 161.. gun mount assembly, 2 pdr, twin. Regards,
  13. Pom Pom Guns under construction in 22 Shop, Scotswood Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, 23 October 1942

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