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    All things Nautical but my primary interest is Sail between 1750 and 1815. Previous builds include Sloop of War Wasp, Screw Sloop USS Hartford, Training Ship Empire State (all scratch Built) as well as Destroyer Escort USS Camp (scratch built excepting the hull from an old Revell kit - Long Story). Current Build in HMF Liverpool built 1757 at 1:96.

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  1. I remember Harry as well as that NRG Conference, Vince. My condolences to his family. A good man and a true gentleman.
  2. Good morning everyone. Photographs from the 2019 Nautical Research Guild Conference have been posted in 2019 NRG Conference coverage.
  3. The 2019 Nautical Research Guild Conference is History. Both my wife and I had a great time. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is terrific. We had speakers and round tables and a chance, once again, to meet with members of our Ship Modeling Community. We toured the Hereshoff Museum in Bristol, Massachusetts, and the Naval War College Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. In both places we had excellent guides. Here are a few photographs of the Conference.
  4. Very good discussion. Thanks for posting this.
  5. Thanks for posting the dates of those books Wefalck. I was guessing without checking my book shelf. My bad. There are other earlier references that are out there depending on the period that you are in. Lees, Masting and Rigging English Ships of War is probably to most complete reference out there, but generally covers 1st through 6th rates and not cutters. Thanks to Bob Cleek for adding the extra information of all of the reasons for serving.
  6. Serving was done to mitigate wear and chaffing. Since this is not a Naval vessel, there is a good deal of flexibility. There are texts on 17th century rigs and practice like "Young Sea Officer's sheet Anchor" by Darcy Lever as well as a book by Biddlecombe. The simple answer that I would use is that the section of the shroud that wraps around the mast head would likely to served to a point maybe two feet below the mast head. The stays would be served where they wrap around the mast head. If there is a square lower sail, the forward most shroud would be served, but not where it goes around the deadeye. That is to prevent chaffing from the sail. That the general idea. Hope that this helps, Tom
  7. Elijah, It has been awhile since I posted here, but I just have to tell you that you are doing a great job. Your workmanship and fidelity to scale is top notch. Congratulations. Tom
  8. Very well done Toni. I note that there is a skylight on the quarter deck. You might have answered this already, earlier on, but can you tell me if the skylight was on your plans? I am doing a 6th rate as well. I'm thinking of putting on a skylight but it isn't shown on any of the plans that I have. I'm building it as it was after two rebuilds, so a skylight could have been added. I'm wondering if that was a typical practice. Tom
  9. Looking Great! It's amazing how a very slight change makes such a difference. Tom
  10. Good evening Dave, That's where I saw it. Why this is mentioned in the rigging and/or yardarm discussion is bewildering. In any case, thanks to you, I'm going to be able to set it right with a sound factual basis. Be well, Tom

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