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  1. The show is still ongoing. It closes on the 23rd. Regards,
  2. Around 110 I think. And yes the original furnace was coal fired. The water tank/heater was originally in a closet in the kitchen. The lights were gas. Henry
  3. Around here most of the houses are constructed with interior walls that are horse hair plaster over wood lathes. Horse hair was extremely plentiful back then early (1900's and before). My house does not have any insulation in the walls. Or if there was it may have been newspaper that has now disintegrated. The entire east end of my town was fully built out around the turn of the century and is mostly of the Philidelphia two-family style, even though we are just northwest of Boston. Go figure. Regards,
  4. No clue what that line could be. It appears to have no function. The dashed line at the top could be indicating a leech line running before the sail (we appear to be looking at the aft side of the sail) Regards,
  5. Like everything else aboard ship there are definite trends in the development of rigging. The steeve of the bowsprit initially was much greater and gradually became lower over time. At first the bowsprit was intended and used to rig bowlines to and so it needed to be very high to give a proper lead to those lines. It started to become more of a supporting structure for the fore mast, and so longer, when additional sections were added to the fore mast to increase sail area, but it still retained it's high angle. Next the spritsail top mast was added to increase head sail area and the bowsprit steeve started to come down. Additional lowering of the steeve of the bowsprit was done to increase the head sail area when stay sails and jib sails were added following the era of spritsail topsails. I believe that most of the changes that occurred were due to trial and error on the part of shipwrights and captains and only adopted generally when shown to give some advantage in real world use. For example, the spritsail topsail was eliminated because it proved to be too cumbersome and useless on most points of sail and the benefits derived from it were able to be provided by triangular stay sails and jibs. Regards
  6. I remember building this kit back in the day. I have no idea what happened to the model. Regards,
  7. The helmsman does not need forward visibility. He is primarily watching the sails to make sure they are drawing properly and not luffing or shivering. Regards,
  8. The whole process of heaving short, weighing, raising, and stowing the anchors would take longer than todays movie length.
  9. I am sure that those railings are removable. The same are on the USS Constitution and are removed regularly.
  10. Folks, I am helping out in laying the groundwork for getting some of the crew of the USS Constitution and my 1812 Marines over for a visit to the HMS Victory. Does anyone have any personal contacts with the crew or staff of Victory? Regards,
  11. The only thing I can definitely say about vacu-formed sails is that you should glue a bolt rope in all around. If you try to make holes in them to add robands, hanks, blocks, rigging, etc. they will rip and pull out. The bolt rope will allow you to fasten all these items to it without tearing your sail. If your feeling very ambitious you can fashion the bolt rope into the various cringles needed to attach sheets, tacks, bowlines, buntlines, etc.. You can even run a line across at the reef bands in order to attach reef points. Regards,
  12. This lead for the sheets seems kind of odd to me. If you had sails set here the clews would be pulled off in the direction of the shrouds. Not very efficient. Regards,
  13. I have been doing some thinking on the subject of tack lines on the fore sail. It seems to me that the only tack line that would matter would be the one to windward holding the clew forward and down. The lead of this tack would be more up and down when on a wind and so should not foul any other lines. The lee tack would be slack. The way I would solve the the fair lead problem would be to look at the where the clew of the fore sail would come to when braced up hard, and run the tack in the manner that reduces fouling and chafe to a minimum in this position. Regards,
  14. The mast pendants for the fore and main hang down about a third of the way down the mast in pairs. The mast pendants on the mizzen are called burton pendants, but they are the same thing except usually rigged one per side.. On the fore mast the aft pendant is a little longer and on the main the forward one is. In earlier centuries these pendants had either a fiddle block or a double block turned in on the ends. Their tackles lead down to blocks stropped with hooks and hooked into eyebolts in the channels. During the time of the Constitution the pendants are fitted with thimbled eyes at their ends and the associated tackles were hooked in when needed. The reason these pendants are fitted over the mast head first is that their primary purpose initially was to hook the tackles into the deadeye laniards so that they can be hove taut when setting up the shrouds. Thereafter, they are used to do the heavy lifting for the ship. A pendant and runner can be rigged between the pendant on the fore and one on the main to have a tackle over the main hatch. When not in use the mast pendants were lashed to a shroud. Most models I have seen just show them hanging with no tackle rigged. In fact, that is the way that Constitution has them today. Regards,

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