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  • Birthday 12/30/1944

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    Star, Idaho
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    All vessels from about 1700-1945. "Workboats" more than Warships generally. I am a "Vessel Biographer" rather than a broad-based maritime historian. Scratch builder, NRJ contributor since 1981. Models in private and institutional collections. Large library and network of associates.

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  1. M Where do I order a couple of these beauties? Looks great, in spite of whatever contribution I might have made. RB
  2. Hi Bill Thanks for your reply. I'll follow your lead. One of these days we plan to get up to Lewiston, and to Sandpoint where my 1962 high school woodshop teacher retired. You're right of course, about the frequent intersection of ship modelers and model railroaders. We learn a lot from those folks. All best, next time in Boise, give me a shout. Randy
  3. Lori, I know yours is a four -year-old post, but... In June of 2017 my wife and I moved to Star, Idaho from Valencia, California. I am a professional builder of ship models, and have done many repairs of models over the years. If you are still in need of assistance, give me a shout. 661-645-5742 windships@earthlink.net If you already had your model repaired, perhaps you can introduce me to whomever did the work. I have yet to meet anyone up here (except IPMS plastic modelers) who do what I do. Thanks, and looking forward to your reply.
  4. Maybe too late for a useful reply, but get this report online. Excellent drawings of a stove recovered from this wreck site. https://files.nc.gov/dncr-arch/PDF/Rose-Hill-Report.pdf and the image below from a different wreck. I will probably reference this work in my book about the origin of the vessel Chaleur (1763-1768). All Best Rose-Hill-Report - includes details of iron camboose.pdf
  5. Kay,


    I've been advised by others that you might be able to put me in touch with Karl Heinz Marquardt? He and I corresponded in 1996 about my work examining the origin of Chaleur (1763-1768) and I would like to give him an update of my book progress. You may have seen my post about this earlier, and in fact you may have already replied (there were so many kind replies that I have not kept track of all of them!). Please give Karl my very best wishes, and that I am very eager to hear from him.


    I can be reached directly at windships@earthlink.net  Thanks very much.



  6. Friends, I am new to this forum, and not yet a good navigator of the site. I want to thank everyone who replied to my query, but don't know how to do that. God willing Karl is in good enough health that I will soon hear from him personally. Again, I much appreciate the kind responses and guidance from you. Randy
  7. Thomas I see that I have already visited this site, but couldn't find on it anyway to reach Karl himself. Randy
  8. Thank you Thomas! I just also heard from "Pat" who is a neighbor of Karl's. Very good to know that Karl is still active. My questions are re: a 1996 exchange Karl and I had about the vessel CHALEUR (1763-1768), about which I am now near to completing a book. All best, Randy Biddle windships@earthlink.net
  9. Seeking contact information for Karl with whom I last corresponded in 1996 about my research on the vessel CHALEUR. I saw a post on here mentioning his web site, but haven't been able to find it on the web, excepting a sort of memorial site. Thanks for any leads you can provide, including passing along my email to Karl directly: windships@earthlink.net Randy
  10. Looking for contact information for Karl Heinz Marquardt with whom I last corresponded in 1996. I note your mention of his web site, but I have not found such on the web Thanks for whatever you can provide.
  11. RE my book project, here is an excertped cut and paste from another discussion on the forum--originally related to answering a question about armament of the vessel CHALEUR while in Royal Navy service. As you can see Charlie, someone "has tried to reconstruct Chaleur." But not in the way you might have thought. The Admiralty draught for Chaleur was made shortly before she was sold out of service, not before she began her naval career. But I'm getting ahead of myself... How do I know this? I have been a student of this vessel for a very long time, and am reasonably close to submitting my book ms to publishers yet to be identified. The work focuses on her life prior to being acquired by the Royal Navy, and the last five months of her life in naval service. Harold Hahn has already treated her time in service. At the NRG Conference in San Diego this October [2016], I will be speaking about developing a plausible framing schema for the vessel, based upon clues on the Admiralty draught, and other research into eighteenth-century merchant vessel construction in North America. A plank-on-frame model---made to eventual drawings using this schema, is a worthy challenge for any scratch builder. A bit more complex than the “Admiralty style” of framing. Here, in no particular order, are some of the questions asked and answered in my book, after deep digging in primary source material at The National Archives, Kew, England, other archives and the kindness of other scholars and colleagues: My initial contrarian hypothesis about the origin of Chaleur, and why it was rather strongly dismissed by many of our knowledgeable colleagues. The detective work—my own and that of valued research associates in England, Canada and elsewhere, that proved me correct; and, which resulted in many other interesting findings about this vessel. How and why I selected the vessel which I’m now absolutely confident became Chaleur. Guidance for anyone wishing to do similar research about other vessels of this period in our history. Why Hahn and many others who have since relied on Hahn, were misled by the absence of key information not provided by his UK researcher about Chaleur. When and where was she built, and by whom? Who owned her, and where did she go? How did this vessel in particular become one of six choices for purchase by the Royal Navy? Why any model you (made or) make based on Hahn and Chapelle, and even the Admiralty draught--after all your hard work, will not produce the representation you thought you were creating. Background on the Smithsonian model in this post, and why it is a misrepresentation as well. Why most everything Chapelle wrote, and he and William Avery Baker concluded about Chaleur is not correct. Did Admiral Colvill---who was ordered to purchase "six Marblehead schooners or sloops" really get what he directed others to find and procure? Something about the identities of the two schooners purchased at Boston at the same time as this vessel. Errors about some of the six purchased vessels, even in the Admiralty correspondence. Biographical information about the owner of the vessel when she was first registered; in the context of the brewing conflict between Loyalists and those seeking independence from England. A truly unprecedented in-depth analysis of Chapelle's early writing, thinking, and rationale behind developing and presenting his drawings; and, his admonitions to--and complaints about, we in the model making community. My intent is to include working drawings for model makers. They will enable more accurate representations of the vessel; prior to her purchase, and thereafter during her short career in the Royal Navy. Each rendering will be based heavily on what was thankfully recorded in her last log. Last…why, the fact that a draught of Chaleur survived, has such significance; as compared to those for Halifax, or Sultana, and others from that period. Stay tuned. And I hope to see many of you in San Diego in October. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Quote Edit Options Delete
  12. In my research for a book project, I found Douglas MacGregor (I think in Fast Sailing Ships, but also in other of his writings), and John Lyman to be the most reliable sources on this arcane subject. Lyman's work, as I recall (we just moved so everything is tossed here...) is in early volumes of American Neptune October 1945). William Avery Baker has something to say about it as well: William A. Baker, A Maritime History of Bath, Maine and the Kennebec River Region, (Bath, Maine: Marine Research Society of Bath, 1973). And Marion V. Brewington, contributor, “Tonnage Rules of 1799,” The American Neptune, Notes 1, no. 3 (July 1941). W. Salisbury, “Early Tonnage Measurement in England, IV. Rules Used By Shipwrights and Merchants,” The Mariner's Mirror 53, Number 3 (1967). As the thread indicates, many formulae were tried (and a few established as standards for a time...) to estimate the internal carrying capacity of a hull (that's what tunnage/tonnage means in your period of interest), but the results of applying those formulae are just that, estimates or approximations. For my book, I devote an entire chapter to the subject, but do not claim to be an expert by any means. The few references I list here are by no means exhaustive. There may be articles in our own Nautical Research Journal--a surprisingly oft overlooked source, for a myriad of topics in our field. Good luck.

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