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  1. 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,
  2. Companionway ladders were almost always removable. Stanchions were sometimes hinged to swing up into the overhead. Regards,
  3. My vote is for a beak head. Looks to be an early version of the attachment point for a bobstay for the bowsprit. Regards,
  4. It really depends on the intent of your model. Some build to display and focus on the hull and its architecture, hence you get half hull, admiralty models, cut-aways, and cross sections. Masts and rigging can be seen as a distraction from that. Others focus on telling something about the distinctions and defining characteristics of the rig. Still others wish to display a realistic setting with sails, flags, crew or in dioramas. If you are building just for your own enjoyment then anything goes. You do you. Regards,
  5. Ah, yes. You are but still young, grasshopper, if you are from 1740. 🤨 But the origins of a lot of these terms goes back hundreds of years before then. Regards,
  6. Because slops were often cast offs and remainders of uniforms. Sometimes they consisted of the clothing recovered from deceased crew members sea bags. The clothing was not always in the best of conditions, hence the moniker - slops. Marine uniforms were required to be in a more presentable state because they were often the face of the Navy ashore (along with the officers uniforms). When a ship did make port often the only personnel allowed ashore were officers and a marine detachment. Regards,
  7. Broadside naval gunnery tactics did not come into widespread practice until after the Spanish Armada (1588). The English were considered to be early adopters of trucked carriages. An entire class of ships (race built galleons) was developed to maximize forward firing artillery as that was the predominant gunnery tactic of the day. Most reloading was accomplished while the ship wore away from the enemy to come back around for another assault. Spanish naval tactics still relied heavily on boarding actions and so their gunners only were expected to get off one or two shots for an entire engag
  8. Hey, I take exception to that!! Although I too am a retired CPO I portray a marine on Constitution. I think the room is the equivalent of the Navy's slop chest where replacement clothing for sailors was available. However unlike sailors slops that the individual sailor paid for, Marine uniforms were an issue item. I would think that there would be shelves and bins to hold various uniform items. Regards,
  9. I am referring to vessels prior to 1700 or so where, for instance, the spritsail topmast backstays originate in an elaborate system of crows feet seized to the fore stays. Other examples may include braces that originate on stays, bowlines that have fairlead blocks seized to stays, etc. Regards,
  10. I really can't think of any reason that the robands would be any longer than that necessary to make the square knot. Regards,
  11. Although it does not apply to the Leopard (1790) false stays were typically employed in early vessels where various lines such as backstays and bowlines were seized to the normal stays that would prevent a stay sail from being able to be raised or lowered. The false stay would be seized at the head to the underside of the normal stay and set up in the usual fashion in order to provide a clear line to hank the stay sail to. Regards,
  12. There were several other factors at play in early naval gunnery. Inferior quality powder, breech loading cannon not creating a good seal, early carriages not always wheeled, stone shot, etc. Regards,
  13. This keeps getting better and better. Very realistic looking shingles and wood siding. Regards,
  14. Regarding your second question. I would think that the main sheet will be outboard of all other lines because it is attached to the lower corner of the main sail when set. Even if the sail is clewed up the sheet would be raised up outboard of all other lines on the yard. Regarding your question about the lead of the sheets to the kevel. I have always surmised that this is another good reason for furling the courses before going into battle. It would mean that the main sheet would not have to be worked and so would not have to be fouled on the cannon when they are worked. When
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