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About trippwj

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  • Birthday 04/12/1959

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  1. We took advantage of the pleasant weather to take the 130 mile ride down the coast to The Big Chicken Barn antiques and used book store. Huge 2 story building (probably 200 feet long and 60 wide). The upstairs is all books. Hours of browsing. Came home with 6 new additions to my library. Of note we found a small paper bound volume from 1952. By R. C. Anderson - Catalogue of Ship-models (Scale Models) at the National Maritime Musem. Original price 5 shillings. My cost was what I felt was a reasonable $4.
  2. In the US, the Post Office is not responsible for assigning addresses - that is done by the local authority having jurisdiction over 9-1-1 addressing (sometimes city/town, sometime county). These lists from the municipality are then provided to the USPS and our delivery route addressing is updated. Some of the most common errors we encounter: 1. People continue to use old addresses rather than update to new addresses (example: using RR1 Box xxx when the town has implemented street addressing such as 123 Rugged Road) 2. Folks put in a change of address - after 12 months mail is returned to the sender with the new address listed. After 18 months mail is returned as Unable to Forward. Periodical rate mail, a copy of the cover is returned to the mailer postage due with the new address label included. 3. Folks forget to include apartment/unit/lot number. Our carriers are good, but they don's know everyone in a 200 unit apartment building/mobile home park. Those might get sent back as Insufficient Address. 4. PO Boxes get closed - either intentionally or for non-payment. 11 days after the payment is due mail gets returned as Moved Left No Address. We try our darnedest to get mail to the right person at the right address, but without the recipients assistance we can only do so much. Note that this only applies to the USPS - in other nations your results may vary!
  3. Previously only available via the "print on demand" vendors, I today located the following document which has some very interesting information concerning the state of British Naval Architecture at the close of the 18th century. I have not yet located Volume 2 in a downloadable format, but my quest continues. European Magazine. 1791. A Collection of Papers on Naval Architecture, Originally Communicated through the Channel of the European Magazine; in Which Publication the Further Communications on This Subject Will Be Continued. proprietors of the European Magazine. https://books.google.com/books?id=SZG_hYooNwcC.
  4. Keep in mind that this was not paint as we know it (no barrels full of yellow paint or barrels of red), but rather pigments to make paint. Usually a dry pigment was shipped and mixed with the solvent/carrier and other pigments only when needed. It is unlikely that the modern approach (lay down a base layer then paint over that) was used as painting that big beastie was very time consuming and resource intensive.
  5. This may help a little - shows how the mizzen mast on the Frigate Constitution is stepped.
  6. In terms of how the mast is mounted to the hull, search for mast step and look at some if the examples. You may also want to search google books for Fincham (I think. Will get details ehen next at my computer) mast making. Now, as to your other question concerning not showing masts on a model. There are at least 2 reasons that I am aware of. First is aesthetics - some find the beauty of the hull more appealing when not cluttered with all the fiddly bits of sticks and strings. The second is size - adding the full rigging to a hull increases the size (and risk of damage, and dust collection ability) substantially. In the end it is what you, the builder, desire.
  7. The time frame of interest is important as rigging nomenclature was far from standard until well into the mid-19th century. As to Chappelle, he did a remarkable job with the resources available to him - all paper based, no"searchable" databases and so forth, just card catalogs and maybe a hardcopy list of items. His biggest shortcoming, in my view, is poor documentation of sources for much of his work.
  8. Thanks, denis. I get an MRI tomorrow then meet with the doctor a week later (scheduling and so on). I hope to have some idea of what my options are after that. Worst part was having to file an accident report at work (long story - short version is that while sitting in a chair on Sunday the pain suddenly became unbearable...) and not being able to work (or do much of anything else) since. Prednisone seems to be most effective at reducing the pain at present - got a great night sleep last night!
  9. Thank you, all, for the kind thoughts and encouragement. I am trying to stick with OTC meds as much as possible and only using the hydrocodone at bed time (that shift from vertical to horizontal brings an exquisite experience in pain. The past few nights I have confessed to the Lindbergh kidnapping, 3 bank robberies, identified Jimmy Hoffa's grave and owned up to skipping gym class twice in 7th grade). After a scare yesterday (she who must be obeyed at all times taken to hospital by ambulance - cardiac arythmias and passed out, but discharged and doing fine), I again suffered from the torture chairs in the ER, but doing better today. Ah, for the good old days when I was 50, fat, dumb, and healthyish.
  10. For the past few months I have had periodic pain in my right leg, generally after sitting and have been able to "walk it off". Well, not anymore. I worked Sunday and was barely able to move (or sit, or stand). Fortunately, I only had to be at the Post Office while a crew was doing asbestos removal in the building. I went to the Emergency Room straight from work the pain was so bad. After xrays the initial diagnosis is severe scoliosis (curvature of spine) with probable pinched nerves. MRI being scheduled (soon, I hope!). Strong pain meds dull the pain for a short time after taking them. Still very painful each time I change position. Can you tell I am going stir crazy? Can't work right now (my job involves alot of standing and walking), and associated hand weakness means no building. After the MRI I will know more, but looks like surgery is in my future. At least this hit after the snow is finished for the year! I'm still around, though not as active on the forum. If I can get comfortable I have a couple of research projects to finish up, but that's a big if!!!
  11. Here are a couple of links to the treatise Dave referenced above. Steel, David. 1794a. “The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship.” Historic Naval Ships Association. 1794. http://www.hnsa.org/resources/manuals-documents/age-of-sail/the-elements-and-practice-of-rigging-and-seamanship/. ———. 1794b. The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship, Etc. [By David Steel.]. David Steel. https://books.google.com/books?id=X235MgEACAAJ. Here are a few more that may be of some use. Blunt, Edmund March. 1813. Seamanship, Both in Theory and Practice: To Which Is Annexed, an Essay on Naval Tactics and Signals : Also, Regulations for the Government of the Navy of the United States of America ... : Including Also, Forms of General and Particular Orders for the Better Government and Discipline of Armed Ships ... : With a System of Naval Discipline, and the Acts Concerning Letters of Marque, Reprisals, Their Officers and Men : With a Cartel for Usage and Exchange of Prisoners ... E.M. Blunt. https://books.google.com/books?id=cPpOAAAAYAAJ. Bourd_ de Villehuet, Jacques. 1788. The Manoeuverer, or Skilful Seaman: Being an Essay on the Theory and Practice of the Various Movements of a Ship at Sea, as Well as of Naval Evolutions in General. Printed for S. Hooper. http://archive.org/details/manoeuvererorski00bour. Duffy, Michael. 2005. “The Gunnery at Trafalgar: Training, Tactics or Temperament?” Journal for Maritime Research 7 (1): 140–69. https://doi.org/10.1080/21533369.2005.9668349. Park, Robert. 1706. The Art of Sea-Fighting: In Five Parts ... Printed for Rich. Mount and Tho. Page. https://books.google.com/books?id=CH1ZAAAAYAAJ
  12. Here are a couple that may be of some use. Guilmartin, John F. 2011. “The Military Revolution in Warfare at Sea during the Early Modern Era: Technological Origins, Operational Outcomes and Strategic Consequences.” Journal for Maritime Research 13 (2): 129–37. https://doi.org/10.1080/21533369.2011.622890. International Congress of Historical Sciences (1913 : London, England). 1914. Naval and Military Essays; Being Papers Read in the Naval and Military Section at the International Congress of Historical Studies, 1913. Cambridge, University Press. http://archive.org/details/navalmilitaryess00interich. Corbett, Julian Stafford, ed. 1905. Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816. [London] : Printed for the Navy Records Society. http://archive.org/details/fightinginstruct00corbuoft. “‘Sailing and Fighting Instructions for His Majesty’s Fleet’, 1775.” 2016. May 15, 2016. http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Signalling/SFI(1775).html. Truxtun, Thomas. 1797. Instructions, Signals, and Explanations, Ordered for the United States Fleet: By Thomas Truxtun. Baltimore: Printed by John Hayes, in Public-Alley. http://www.history.navy.mil/library/anh/found1.htm.
  13. How old is the dock the Victory is berthed within? For reference, Drydock 1 in the Charleston, MA (USA) dates to about 1815 and is more than large enough for the Constitution, so likely large enough for a first rate. If the early US had one of that size, I am quite sure Britainia did.
  14. Here's a current photo.
  15. 10 days ago she who must be obeyed spent a long Saturday night in agony. We went to the ER Sunday morning (NOT something she does without serious illness) and got diagnosis and some meds. After some additional tests to confirm ER diagnosis and meeting with the surgeon, today she was relieved of a severely inflamed gall bladder with 2 very large stones. Feeling much better already (both of us). Top it all off, she is already home and ruling the roost (as usual).

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