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About seafarermiami

  • Birthday 12/21/1960

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  1. Thank you for the good and encouraging words. I am sorry I could not publish any build log of that ship because all the time I was building it was at sea where I had almost no internet. i have the pictures but there is no point to show them now. i built those small scale models because there is no opportunity to build something biger on board ocean going vessel.What so ever 4 more years and I retire. Then i will built the model of my dreams. If I have the courage to start it.
  2. Dear friends modelmakers, I see many of you like the pictures I have posted. To keep our forum alife please say something about the the model. Otherwise it will become a faceboock article with likes and nonreacting people who does not like to say their opinion because it may be negative. But this is what can improove the work. We are here a profesional people who take it seriosly and do not afraid of some criticism.
  3. Maryland Dove and early morning view at Potomac river
  4. The ship was found in 2006 along with 11 other ships. They weren't shure which was Endeavour. I am sorry cant insert the link.
  5. Besides today I had the luck to visit L'Hermione. Tomorrow morning I will publish some pictures in amazing photos.
  6. You are right popeye Sailing ships keep their course according to the wind in order to use its max force and the general direction is their movement to the destination.
  7. For the rudder Commands. Now days ships have a rudder indicator. This gauge indicates on how many degrees is the rudder declined from the line of the ships keel. The max is usually about 35 degrees. So " hard left means for the helmsman to turn the rudder all the 35 degrees to the left. If the Captain wants less than that just he says simply 15 0r 20 to left or right. Midships means the rudder on 0 degrees declination. But As I sat before they had no degrees. And the steering wheel was simply a winch and on every ship was different number of revolution on the wheel to be made to shift the rudder from one side to the other. Probably they had some mark where will be midship but the old manila line could slip around the drum of the wheel or stretch. So that was a mater of feeling where is the rudder midship or somebody down in the steerage screaming his guts out where is the rudder. Funny but true, Wooden ships Iron sailors.
  8. And other think is that the magnetic North pol is somewhere around Kamchatka or 700 miles away from the geographic North pole. And on top of that is constantly moving. And there is also unconsistance in the magnetic lines due to earth inertia and iron masses in the lava under the earths shell. Say in simple words they are not strait lines. They had no ways to know that exept in bright nights when they could check their compases against the north star. And even this is not correct because the north star have 4 minutes eclips around the true north pole depends of the day of the year. So you can imagine what a trouble was to find an island in the Pacific which is 8000 miles across and even thay had no way to determine their longitude till the approximately fear chronometer was not made bay the English carpenter!!!(Watch movie "Longitude") Have in mind that an error only one degrees in the course of the ship after 60 miles of sailed distance gives you an error of 1 nautical mile. And what about 600 or 1200 or 2400 nautical miles sailed distance. But for them +/- 6 degrees was acceptable.
  9. Let's get it right. I am a working seaman. 1 point is 11.25 degrees. Or in old times the compass had 32 point and now have 360 degrees. For sailing ship a difference in the course to steer of +/- 6 degrees was not a bog trouble having in mind that they had no way to determine their set(due to currents)and drift(due to wind). And with speed of 4-5 knots max it was not a big problem in maneuvering to avoid collision. Of course there were a lot of groundings or just lost ships in the oceans (Flying Dutchmen) due to these errors. Now days the points are used only by the lookouts on the bridge to announce the approximate direction to the ship in sight. Most often the mate on watch already is tracking it on the radar(ARPA) and uses the info just to see what is the visibility. The lookouts have not bearing circles to see the exact bearing(azimuth) to the incoming vessel. So lets go back 200years. There were no degrees. So the now days command "steer 000 degrees" was "steer due North" . Now days command " Steer 011 degrees" was "steer NNE by North" and so on. The difference is now days nobody gives the command steer let's say 326 degrees except in the canals and rivers where the manual steering is compulsory but the mate on the watch just needs to set up the auto pilot(iron mike) on course 326 degrees.
  10. From the practical point of view the ratlines should be tarred. First I don't think somebody would keep them clear when tarring is going on a regular basis. At least where the knots are for sure they are tarred. Second as a standing rigging this will prolong their life at least twice. And the third I don't think somebody would care for the cleanliness of the sailors feet at that time. They never had a boots besides. The other think is that in tropical climate all the oils of the tar evaporates in two days and is not sticky at all.
  11. Sails should be attached to the yards. Start from the mizen mast and go ahead first rigging the lower sails. Some lines for the topsails can be attached to their pins first and made trough all blocks and narrow places and thus after rigging the lower sails will be easy to rig the upper one. Look at my build log for the Dutch fleyte.

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