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  1. Dang - they revised the website on me! I pulled it down back in 2015. Try this link (it's 25mb so can't upload it here) ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/rarebooks_1600-1800/VK541S81795.PDF or this one: https://noaa.sirsi.net/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/57/5/3?searchdata1=240545{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER Let me know if that works for you!
  2. Steel, David. Seamanship, Both in Theory and Practice. Printed and published for, and at, Steel’s Navigation-Warehouse, Tower-Hill, 1795. docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/rarebooks_1600-1800/VK541S81795.PDF. See description for ships with no jeer capstan on page 156.
  3. I don't think that an 8 to 13 inch circumference cable would be wrapped around the capstan. On the largest ships the line comes in through the manger and the viol is rigged on the lower deck, not the weather deck. On a 20 gun sloop of war, it is likely some other method was used. There may be something in Lever about weighing the anchor on a sloop.
  4. Looking through Falconer, he includes a very similar description to Steel (also noting only used on the largest vessels page 45) and a drawing on Plate III. Falconer, William. A New and Universal Dictionary of the Marine: Being, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases Usually Employed in the Construction, Equipment, Machinery, Movements, and Military, as Well as Naval Operations of Ships: With Such Parts of Astronomy, and Navigation, as Will Be Found Useful to Practical Navigators. T. Cadell, 1830. https://books.google.com/books?id=2TAyAQAAMAAJ.
  5. Steel doesn't mention fiddle blocks. All I have turned up are modern examples that don't look much like the viol block.
  6. Steel has a drawing of one. https://maritime.org/doc/steel/part5.htm VOYOL or VIOL BLOCK is a large single-sheaved block; the length is 10 times the thickness of the sheave-hole, which is three-eighths more than the thickness of the sheave; the thickness of the sheave is one-tenth more than the diameter of the viol, and the diameter of the sheave is seven times the thickness. The breadth of the block to be 8 times the thickness of the sheave, and the thickness to be two-sevenths of the length. This block is double scored, the sheave is coaked with brass and the pin is iron, and near the thickness of the sheave. It is used in heaving up the anchor. The viol passes round the jear-capstern, and through the block, which is lashed to the main-mast; and the cable is fastened in a temporary manner to the viol in several places. It is seldom used but in the largest ships in the royal-navy.
  7. From Falconer's AN UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF THE MARINE (1780 edition) RIGGING, a general name given to all the ropes employed to support the mast; and to extend or reduce the sails, or arrange them to the disposition of the wind. The former, which are used to sustain the masts, remain usually in a fixed position, and are called standing rigging; such are the shrouds, stays, and back-stays. The latter, whose office is to manage the sails, by communicating with various blocks, or pullies, situated in different places of the masts, yards, shrouds, &c. are comprehended in the general term of running-rigging. Such are the braces, sheets, haliards, clue-lines, brails, &c.
  8. The Naval Chronicle (see collection here https://archive.org/search.php?query=naval%20chronicle ) has a wealth of information. Gower was a fairly prolific treatiser in his day. Here are a few of his publications (with links). Gower, Richard Hall. A Description of Several Instruments for Measuring a Ship’s Way through the Water. By R. H. Gower ... With an Account of His Patent Perpetual Log, Etc. the Author, 1792. https://books.google.com/books?id=Q0tiAAAAcAAJ ———. A Narrative of a Mode Pursued by the British Government to Effect Improvements in Naval Architecture. T. Davison ... and sold by J. Mawman, 1811. https://books.google.com/books?id=7NgVz8eaDi8C ———. A Supplement to the Practical Seamanship, with an Appendix. J Mawman, 1807. https://books.google.com/books?id=ValgAAAAcAAJ. ———. “A Treatise on Signals, with a Proposal to Rendcr Them More Effectual and Extensive; Together with the Addifion of a Naval Telegraph.” The Naval Chronicle V, no. January to July (1801): 22–31. https://books.google.com/books?id=1RJFAQAAMAAJ ———. A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Seamanship, Together with a System of Naval Signals. Wilkie and Robinson; J. Walker ... and W. Heather, 1808.https://books.google.com/books?id=e2VGAAAAYAAJ ———. Original Observations Regarding the Inability of Ships to Perform Their Duty with Promptitude and Safety, with Suggestions for Their Improvement, as Practised on Board the Transit ... Also the Description of a Propeller or Floating Anchor, and That of a Life Catamaran, Etc. [With Six Plates.]. S. Piper, 1833. https://books.google.com/books?id=W6pWAAAAcAAJ
  9. My dad served on the Sylph (with a gunner mate by the name of Ernest Borgnine) in WW2. Same Sylph? EDIT: The Sylph from 1943 was a second yacht - the steam Sylph (PY-5) served as a Presidential Yacht for all presidents from McKinley to Wilson and was decommissioned in 1929. The WW2 Sylph (PY-12) never served as a Presidential Yacht.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. This may help a little - shows how the mizzen mast on the Frigate Constitution is stepped.
  15. 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.

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