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About popeye2sea

  • Birthday 11/09/1961

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  1. I see what you mean about the rigging plan being confusing. For instance in the second photo there is a line #39 leading through blocks at the crosstrees then through block #262 at the yardarm terminating in a hook shaped something (F). It is depicted on a diagram showing the lifts for the yards, but it is rigged more like the topgallant sheet. What is "F"? Is that a designator for a sail? Regards,
  2. Your method is good and sound. It does allow you to average out any inconsistencies in the wrapping. Regards,
  3. Nice method. But it strikes me as a bit overkill. Why wrap more than one inch? Count the turns in one inch and then do the simple division. For very thin diameters you can even wrap a fraction of an inch, like a 1/2 or 1/4 and then do the appropriate math. Regards,
  4. For what It's worth, the cerulean blue is also very close to Prussian Blue, which was a very common color used in the militaries of the period. Regards,
  5. Great job with the photography using a plain background. I particularly like #19 with the haystack and view through the trees and the hazy view of taller buildings in the distance. Well done perspective shot! Have you spoken with the inn keeper about booking rooms? I will be on the next carriage from Paris. It may take some time. The horses are slow and the roads are bad. Regards,
  6. I agree with Allan and the order of fitting the standing rigging over the mast head. Also, the order of setting them up (tightening) the stays, shrouds, and backstays needs to be considered. You will need to step the bowsprit and at the very least rig and set up the bob stays for the bowsprit. This will allow you to set up the fore stay. I set up the fore stay first using a temporary back stay belayed somewhere aft on the ship. This allows me to fix the mast rake at the proper angle. Then I set up the shrouds and backstays, working in pairs alternating port and starboard. I
  7. I don't think you need to shift the rope while actually serving. What the 'endless' option provides for you is a way to take up the excess line on either end so that it does not tangle and get caught up in the handles and gears. The way I use this is to fix the rope tightly in place and serve a length of rope as far as I can. If the service needs to be continued, that is when I shift the rope to be served further along between the bobbins. Then I can continue serving. Hope that makes sense. Regards,
  8. Underhill's Masting and Rigging the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier describes most of the wire running rigging terminating with a block shackled in to take a simple whip of rope or whatever tackle was required. For example: sheets for the square sails were chain shackled into the clew of the sail and rove through a sheave in the yardarm then through fairleads beneath the yard terminating at a point just beyond the cloverleaf sheet block where they were shackled to wire rope which lead down towards the deck. The wire rope was then spliced into a double or triple block rove with rop
  9. Truly wonderful work. A small suggestion? When you go to take the final pictures before or after final assembly take them in front of a sky blue backdrop. I think the effect would be stunning. The illusion would be complete! You are a master! Regards,
  10. I think he was asking about the other blocks labelled "E", which are hanging from a strap that passes over to cap and crosses in front of the mast to hang at the level of the cheeks. If I am not mistaken those are the upper jeer blocks. The corresponding blocks would be attached to the yard. Regards,
  11. Could it be an octagonal shaped deck prism to allow light through to the lower deck? Regards,
  12. Just watched the movie yesterday. I really enjoyed it. In the end notes to the film they mention that the work of Basil Brown was finally recognized at some point by the British Museum. Regards,
  13. To be sure. But you could never understand the words he was singing. Regards,
  14. Or you could be like Bob Dylan, whose speech got worse as his career progressed. Regards,
  15. I concur, John. 24 inches was the standard width of the sail cloth. Two inches on each side was taken up in the seam overlap, leaving 20 inches between seams. Regards,
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