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John R. McGann

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  1. A fine source of wood in Florida is Constines. Been in business for decades
  2. Look at t he book, The Rogers Collection Volume ll. Pages 88, 91, 11 117, 118, 119.This is a third rate of 1702-07 with all five launching flags installed. John R. McGann
  3. Les: I also am building the Beagle and am seeking the inboard color for the bulwarks and hatch coamings. Do ypu know what they were? starsailor2@q.com
  4. Pete: look up Grant Line Products. They cast a hinge set for side dump gondolas part No. 5118 that are dead ringers for gun port hinges they even have bolt heads! JRMc
  5. If you want scale oak use beech wood. Bends well, holds an edge, does not oxidize. I use alder for a deck with a mellow tan look. Do not put a finish on the decking!!
  6. Unfortunattly the cog as shown is all wrong! The first four strakes port and starboad are carvell constructed. The decking is located between four rabbited beams which run fore and aft, thus the deck is athwart the vessel. The strakes are not the same width nor number port and starboard. The scarfs of the strakes stand proud on the exterior and interior of the vessel for 1/3 of the strakes total thickness and are nail joined.There are five thru beams located just above the water line that project beyond the strakes and carry huge knees. At the bow and stern are brest hooks which show above the decking! There are ceiling planks that carry all the way up to the rail. The clinker strakes pass over the stem and then are capped with a massive false stem. The capstan is a cone shaped device located at the stern castle, not like an 18th century capstan at all. There is shielding over the channels to protect the deadeyes and prevent boarding by pirates. The kit manufacturer did not research or produce an accurate product in spite of the information and an actual 14th century cog available. John R.McGann there is a
  7. When did riggers use iron stropped blocks? I am modeling the Webb built packet "OCEAN MONARCH" of 1856, she was square rigged to royals with Howe's split topsails. Would the riggers have employed iron stropped blocks?
  8. I have had good luck with the Olson brand and prefer the spiral type as they cut in all directions (360 degrees)
  9. When did iron stropped blocks come into use for the rigging of American merchant ships? I am building the 1856 packet"OCEAN MONARCH" by Webb, wold they be correct for the vessel?
  10. When vessels put to sea the anchors were stowed, the ground tackle removed from the anchors and stowed. The hawse hole and pipes were capped by the buckler. How were they assembled?
  11. I have the completed hull of Cromwell but no rigging plans. Where can I obtain a set? John McGann
  12. After much searching of the internet I located a site that listed all of the registered ships using the Marryat Code. Thousands of ships! "Ocean Monarch" 5-4-2-3 preceededby the 1st distinguishing pennant. The flags are reproduced in color for Captai Frederick Marryat's system also and reside in the collection of the Peabody Museum. Other well known ships include Euterpe 1st DP-3-6-7-9: Great Britain 1st DP-4-6-9-1. John McGann
  13. I posted my question previously, but it went missing and ended up on Google! My question is, what was the Marryet code for the ship Ocean Monarch built by Webb in 1856?
  14. Am looking for plans of the R. B. Forbes an iron built, twin screwed, two masted tug built in Boston 1845.
  15. Why not build the greatest of them all! Steel five masted barque FRANCE II. Plans by Underhil still published Built 1911, 5,806 gross tons, l.

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