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  1. Bill, I am kitbashing a topsail schooner kit into a hypothetical revenue cutter of about 100 tons. https://modelshipworld.com/topic/19611-albatros-by-dr-pr-mantua-scale-148-revenue-cutter-kitbash-about-1815/?do=findComment&comment=598658 Take what you see on my link with a grain of salt. It is constructed "like" what a revenue cutter of that size might have looked like, but it is not a model of a real ship. For me it is a learning exercise. But there is a lot of information about Baltimore clippers and revenue cutters. There aren't a lot of p
  2. I would think the vangs would be led forward near the base of the mast. That way they wouldn't interfere with the swing of the booms. On some schooners the vangs are attached to hooks so they can be moved easily when necessary. The lee (downwind) vangs do not need to be tightened but they should be ready in case the wind shifts or for sudden turns.
  3. Thanks. I agree with what you have said. Marquardt uses the term "roach" for the concave foot (bottom edge) of the sail that allows it to clear the stays, referring in one instance to an extreme roach up to 2/3 the height of the sail. I think I have seen "gore" used to refer to the extended belly of the sail, but I will have to see if I can find that reference. In any case, when I see "roach" or "gore" I can at least think that the author is probably talking about the bottom of a sail. I also chuckle at some of the modern dogmatic arguments about the differences between
  4. wefalck, Good questions! One thing I noticed right away is the very long list of references (more than 100) that he quotes. Although some things he writes are speculative - and he says so - most is based upon period writings. Likewise, he has many dated illustrations to reinforce his claims, although he sometimes sees details in sketches and paintings that I cannot see! You are probably right about his use of terms from numerous languages. He states that the word "schooner" did originate in America, but might have been from a Dutch colonist who use the Dutch
  5. Gregory, I have not seen McGregor's The Schooner. The reviews on line are not especially flattering. One says it has few detailed plans, another says there are some. Does he give tables of dimensions for the parts of masting and rigging? If so, is he just repeating what someone else has written, or is it original research? I did note it is another Naval Institute Press book. McGregor is a well-known author of books about ships. I have McGregor's British and American Clippers. It has a lot of history, and quite a few drawings of ships, but very little construction detail
  6. Well spoken Valeriy! I have written a few books and it is a lot of work and a real time consumer! It just doesn't leave enough time for the more important things in life - like building ship models!
  7. Charley Noble is just one of the tricks sailors play on recruits. Send them to the supply office to get a quart of relative bearing grease, 100 feet of water line, a spool of lubber's line, two dozen fuze quicks, a side buoy, three geedunks, a smoking lamp, four sheets, etc. Find Davy Jones' locker, Iron Mike, the ship's bloomers, Ralph O'Rourke, Lee Helm, etc. Or ask a new lookout if he sees a Gu11 (B1RD, etc.) off the port bow. Ask: how to splice the main brace (or when), what do you weigh with a Beaufort Scale?
  8. It has been a while since my last post. I am working on details on the hull before taking on the masting and rigging. I have decided upon the rigging and created a spreadsheet to determine sizes and lengths of different size ropes and the sizes and numbers of blocks and such. I placed the order from Syren Ship Models and was able to get what I need before Chuck runs out of stock (I hope - the order has shipped but I don't have it in hand yet). There is a new twist to my plans. Eric William Marshall recommended another book, "The Global Schooner" by Karl Heinz Marquardt, Naval Insti
  9. I have a new reference to recommend thanks to Eric William Marshall who told me about it. "The Global Schooner" by Karl Heinz Marquardt, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, published by Conway Maritime Press, London, 2003. This book is devoted to the history and construction of schooners. It has an exhaustive history of the schooner rig - the best I have seen. Did you know that the fore-and-aft rig was inspired by a Peruvian raft from the early 1600s? The book has very detailed chapters on masts and rigging with detailed drawings. Numerous table
  10. I recall seeing a very nice large scale (1:96 or 1:48?) model of the USS Oregon in the maritime museum in Astoria, Oregon, about 45 years ago. I visited again a few years ago and the model wasn't there any more. I have no idea what happened to it.
  11. I believe the tackle used to position the studding sail booms was temporary, and not left rigged permanently. It was taken aloft to rig the sails. On smaller ships the booms may have been manhandled to push them out or haul them back in. When in position in/out the inboard end of the boom was lashed around the yard to hold it in place.
  12. I have to add my two cents here! My first "ship" was a 112 foot long inshore mine sweeper (MSI). Three officers and 19 enlisted. I was Engineering Officer, Supply Officer, George and 25 other official duties. I was told, when first going aboard, that ships in the US Navy were 150 feet or longer, and anything smaller was a boat. However, we had a letter from the Secretary of the Navy authorizing us to call the vessel USS Cape, United States Ship. So the Cape and her sister the Cove (MSI 1) were the smallest ships in the Navy. The Cove was probably a bit short
  13. Popeye, We have something similar, depending upon your definition of garbage and trash. One bin is for wet and greasy things and other non-recyclable junk (garbage?). Another is for recyclable paper, plastic and metal (trash?). A third is for yard waste - leaves, grass clippings, limbs and such - anything that can be composted. Satisfaction guaranteed or double your garbage back!
  14. Bob, Thanks for that information. I have seen pictures of schooners with this type of topsail, but I had no idea what they are called.
  15. Some vessels had gaff vangs and others didn't. But without the vangs the only control of the gaff was through the gaff sail, and that wouldn't prevent the gaff from swinging side to side as the ship rolled. Only the windward vang had to be taut to control the gaff swing. The leeward vang could be loosened to allow the boom to swing outboard. The vangs were typically hooked to ring bolts in the deck, and slack vangs could be unhooked and lead forward to get them out of the way of the boom.
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