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  1. In "flat floored ships" the piece of the frames that crossed over the keel tended to extend out straighter rather than rising. As I result as you can see from the above illustration, the turn of the bilge on flat floored ships was lower than on sharp built. Among other benefits it allowed ships such as the Resolution to remain upright when grounded at low tide in shallow undeveloped harbors. The Resolution had been in the coastal coal trade where good moorings were few and far between. These ship could carry more cargo for their registered tonnage than so called clippers, an early tax advantage of a kind. An extreme version of this hull form was the kettle bottom used in the mid 19th century in the United States.
  2. hull design is a series of trade offs. Carrying capacity vs speed is one of the biggest. A sharp ship in general is one thst the requirements for speed and performance were more heavily factored in than say crrying capacisty or stability. Familiarize yourself with the concept of block co-efficient. Generally a sharp ship of any rig(ship, barque, schooner) has a lower block co-efficient.
  3. Finished a reconstruction of the HMS Sophie. She was the Cruizere class brig that paid a visit to Jean Lafitte the free lance businessman just prior to the battle of New Orleans. There is a sail plan at the National Maritime Museum with a markedly shorter bowsprit but it does not appear to be contemporary. I am not sure where they got their dimensions. I know all about various formula and tables of rtios, but I find it remarkable that with almost 100 copies in the water, there does not seem to be a single actual, contemporary set of spar measurements. Surely they had to order sails?
  4. The ring on the shank of the anchor was hoisted ups to the cathead. The fish davit was extended over the side a fall was hoocked to the fluke of the anchor and it was used to bring the anchor up parallel to the fore channel for stowage
  5. I have heard that the boats were sometimes painted different colors for identification at a distance.
  6. I have a few questions concerning these brigs: 1.) The NMM has a sail plan for the Sophie of 1809. The description is "late 19th century". Does anyone know what this is about? It appears to be a modern reconstruction. The dimensions do not exactly firt any earlier source. 2.) Were the royals set flying or would you rig braces. 3.) At what point would you have a martingale/dolphin striker?. There seems to be some evidence for setting spritsails and even sprit topsails. 4.) When might you add a topgallant foc'sle.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Will you hang gunport lids or will you go with the idea that they were removable?
  10. 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.

  11. 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?
  12. 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.

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