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Louie da fly

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  1. Well, she's certainly not a topsail schooner or a barquentine. Neither is she a "pure" schooner or barque, but she has elements of both. But despite the gaff mainsails on fore and mainmasts, she has square rig on the first two masts (I'd count the courses in this definition, even if they're "light" - whatever that means) and only fore and aft on the mizzen. If she has to be put in a category I'd agree with grsjax in calling her a barque/bark. After all, if instead of gaffs you had staysails behind the fore and mainmasts there'd be no hesitation in calling her a barque. Otherwise, maybe vossiewulf has the right of it - as Dr Maturin would say, her rig is "nondescript" - in the sense that it has never previously been described. Perhaps a squark? Steven
  2. I wonder if this is the La Fontaine you're after? From 7 December 1716, from the book Memoires pour servir a l'Histoire du XVIII Siecle (Memoirs of the History of the 18th century) by Monseigneur de Lamberty (Volume 9) In the meantime it happened that the vessel La Fontaine Galley asking for a passport to take a load of iron to Gottenburg , Baron de Gortz persuaded the owners instead of payment to take some of the aforementioned passengers on board, to carry them there, and made a contract with them before a Notary. Perhaps your La Fontaine was a galley? That's the only reference I've been able to find. Steven
  3. Not only that, but they're hanging not from their normal fulcrum but from the handles. Rather than just being let go and hanging from their pivot point, they seem to have been moved outboard, almost to the end of the oar. As there are no specific oarsmen shown, I guess we have to assume they're the ones doing the fighting. So they've pushed their oars outward and trailed them in the water, and then got stuck into the hand-to-hand fighting. Maybe the vertical oars in the water stabilise the ship in combat? Other than that I've no explanation for it at all. All seems a little strange. Agreed. That seems to make much more sense than the other picture. How all that applies to dromons, however, is anybody's guess. Steven
  4. Thanks everybody for the likes and the encouraging comments. Mark, that was my original intention - see my post #19 on the first page of this build log - the cross-section shows a row of vertical posts labelled "oar rack" which would "sandwich" the oars lengthwise between the oarbenches and the side of the vessel. To put them anywhere else would cause a lot of tripping over oars for anyone trying to get to and from the oarbenches. On further consideration, and taking into account also the likelihood that as the upper oarsmen doubled as marines, and if therefore they'd stop rowing and pick up their weapons before contact with enemy vessels, the upper bank of oars would obstruct the lower oars if they were just hanging from the oarstraps, I think that after all I'll go back to the original idea. Steven
  5. No worries, Carl. You can buy drill bits in both metric and imperial (inches) here in Oz. Steven
  6. Looks just like a bought one! Seriously, Dick, that's beautiful work, and it really does look like the picture you're basing it on. Steven
  7. More filling in gaps: Port lid for the aft larboard gunport Filling in the last gap on the starboard side upper works: taking the larboard planking down to the waterline, creating the aft gunport of the lower deck Filling in the final gaps on the starboard side upper works: Repairing breakages takes quite a bit more work than building from scratch - apart from anything else, you have to fill in strangely shaped gaps caused by the breakages. Also (at least in this case) the thickness of the wood you're using to repair the damage is almost always different from the original. So once it's in place you need to carve it down flush with the original planking. Or the break is along an angle so you have to trim the replacement piece on an angle so it'll fit in. Or both. Still, it's nice to see it all coming together. Still have to carve out the arches in the infilled areas, and . . . and . . . and . . . Steven
  8. More fiddly stuff. Almost complete on the port side above the waterline. Just a little to add beside the gunport, then repair the two broken wales, and it's pretty much done. Many of the gunports were open on the original, but I never solved the problem of making the guns. So rather than make lots and lots of gun barrels, I'm just going to make a few to go in the waist where they're visible, and have the ports closed. New planking panel on the starboard side. Because it's both short and wide (and a little thicker than the original planking) I had to peg it very thoroughly to get it to follow the curve of the hull. And yet more reinforcements at the rear of the superstructure to support the repairs to the rows of arches for the arquebuses and swivel guns. More to come in the fullness of time . . . Steven
  9. Couldn't agree more. I'm looking at doing a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, specialising in Byzantine studies. I realise that's not flavour of the month, but apart from the obligatory "history of the world to 1500 AD", most unis don't touch it at all. But there are plenty of units available in flavour of the month subjects that are hardly history at all. Back to the wreck itself, since they found what could well be the Tudor Rose "figurehead" back in 2014 I think there's a good chance a fair bit of the forecastle could be nearby, and perhaps recoverable. Steven
  10. This is looking so good, George. It's hard to believe you're getting such a quality of detail at such a small scale! Steven

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