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  1. Use the spar dimensions from The Essex Papers" by Phililp Chadwick Foster Smith augmented by both Steels "Elements of Mastmaking Sailmaking & Rigging" and Masting & Rigging" by James Lee for details.
  2. I have always though hinged and hung, but many early portraits show no lids or maybe only one forward on the bridle port and two or three aft where the officers quarters were. I don't think I have ever seen a definitive answer.
  3. Will you hang gunport lids or will you go with the idea that they were removable?
  4. Is it possible to obtin a copy of the Kearsage info



    1. Jonathan11


      I do have the info but can't post it or send it to someone as it is copyrighted. NRG does have the article for sale in PDF but you will have to contact them for the price, here's the first page of the article:


      That's the best I can do for your inquiry.


    2. michaelpsutton2


      I don't mind paying for it at all. I just needed to know where. If people are not compensated for their research, then it will come to a halt.

      Thanks and it's a great Alabama by the way. Much better than the straight box build that is on display on the battleship Alabama in Mobile Bay.

  5. Does anybody know what the rules, customs , conventions concerning the Royal Navy's use of lanterns in the main top? Which ships carried them in what periods?
  6. My latest effort is the Livey class frigate Macedonian under the US flag. I used several Lively class plans from the NMM, Chapelle's plan and the interesting sail drawing from the National Archives listed as her sails. Some points of interest are the diagonal reinforcements on the topsails and the very long crossjack yard as compared to the foot of the mizzen topsail. This is also reflected in the numerical tables. I imagine thss long pr was carried as an usable replacement for other places. The paint scheme is really taken from any number of block models of frigates during the period. This scheme is probably a little more elaborate than she typically carried in service but I know that for at least a decade after her capture she was employed s somewhat of a "show" ship.
  7. Thanks. I was looking for where to measure the given diameter. I do know that wedges and coats were fitted on all decks to prevent "working" in a seaway
  8. On what deck are the partners in a two or even three decked ship of the line? The lowest gundeck? The upper continuous? I am sure it is not on a berth deck or the orlop. What about the mizzen? It passes through one or more half decks. This is at least a small concern when measuring the diameters of the quarters of a mast.
  9. Chain would be really tough on the edges of a bridle port. I'll bet the hatch never fit again
  10. I believe that they are a kind of fairlead for mooring in what is being used as a bridle port.They may have been intended for use with chain.
  11. I do not think there is a single extant contemporary painting showing the sails of a US Naval vessel (or British) with red sails.
  12. https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/84960.html https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/84959.html HMS Griffon, Lynx, Termagant, Charybdis, & Forester 1831-38
  13. You might consider looking at the Ware sail plan for the USS Spark. Note one lower corner of the gaff topsail secures in the top just like what we see in the drawing of the Enterprise. The sail in the Enterprise is brailed up .
  14. If I understand correctly the concept behind the paintings is not some photograph? I am truly impressed. The paintings look like they have been agonized over for day. To be able to go from the mind to such a completely articulated vision!!

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