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Devin Camary

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  1. Hello there. As some of you may know, I am making a HMS Sovereign of the Seas model, which there may have been some problems with it due to missing details and interpretations. So, alongside it, I wish to make a ship that... might be a bit simpler to model but harder to study. The Henry Grace a Dieu, a carrack launched in 1514, which many know. But, what I am specifically wanting to model is her rebuild version, which would have looked more like a strong galleon than a carrack. Sadly, not many models look... right. And there was only one image of the time that showed how she looked around 1550. So, I must ask a few things, before I start the model... 1. When one rebuilds a ship, do they change the hull entirely, or do they keep the hull shape the same? 2. Did she really have 151 cannons? I know most were swivel guns, but I want to be sure. And if it was true, would her later form carry that many? 3. How does the rigging on the two mizzen masts work? With how the ropes hold the lateen sails? Would they not get caught on the flagpole?
  2. I am using the correct terminology when I mention yardarm? I mean the horizontal wooden part that holds the sail up. And I see... well, what if the main topmast was broken off? How would one go about as to control the sails after that was broken down?
  3. I am curious of something, but idk if this is the best place for that. I know a bit about rigging, how the yardarms are rigged to other masts and to different yards/stays, then to the deck. But, lets say the main mast was broken, due to either bring broken in a ship battle, or some other way. How would that affect sailing? Would you be able to control the yardarms of the other two ships? How do you fix something like that if it happens out at sea?

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