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  1. In the phrase "USS Cairo HSR", what does "HSR" mean?. (Side note: when I searched for "HSR" on this site, I got 0 hits, even though "HSR" is used in this thread.)
  2. Maybe I'm confusing "Lord" with "Sir"
  3. Why was Admiral Horatio Nelson called "Lord Nelson" rather than "Lord Horatio"?
  4. I spent the summer of 1987 in the UK and saw several ships, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose. I also visited a ship that I think was the HMS Warrior, but I remember it being under an awning or tent, or in a building. If not the Warrior, it was another ship that was an early armored or metal-hulled ship. Can anyone confirm that the hull of the Warrior was under a cover of some sort at that time?
  5. I see many videos and articles online about a ship called Le Fleuron. Why is that ship so popular? What is its significance?
  6. I occasionally read that rigging of ships varied somewhat among European nations. Can you share examples of some of these differences? Thanks.
  7. Were press gangs use mainly by the British, or did other navies also use press gangs?
  8. I own cheap reprints of Deane's Doctrine of Naval Architecture and Chapman's Architectura Navalis Mercatoria. Are there other such inexpensive naval architecture books available from the 18th century and earlier?
  9. How durable are card models of ships? Is it expected that they should last as long as wooden models?
  10. I've been looking through the USS Constitution "Anatomy of the Ship" book (though I don't have it in front of me right now). If memory servers, several sail plans are shown, including one that was used for several years around the time of the War of 1812. This circa-1812 sail plan shows skysails that are triangular: the foot is the width of the royal yard below, but the sail tapers in width to nothing at the top. These are tall sails, too: the height of the triangle is about twice the base. I've never seen pictures of triangular sails at the tops of the mast
  11. Stem: In an old ship-modeling book, an author recommends planking the hull first, with the planks extending slightly in front of the bow. Then he says to saw a gap between the ends of the planks and insert the stem into that gap. Keel: I've seen build logs and videos online that seem to recommend planking the hull first, and then sanding a flat strip along the bottom of the hull to which the keel is attached. What are the merits of these approaches, compared to attaching the stem and keel to the hull before planking?
  12. The ZONA fine razor saw comes in 42 teeth per inch (and fewer). Some woodworkers use them for cutting dovetails. They're inexpensive ($10 to $15) and work well.
  13. Is ship No. 2 above (in cotrecerf's post) built with an intentionally hogged keel?
  14. When a wooden ship was built on a slipway, was the keel put on blocks so that it was level (before launch) or was it declined slightly and thus matched the slope of the slipway? If the keel was declined, were the frames installed vertically or were they installed perpendicular to the keel (to match the station lines on the sheer plan)? Or were the the angles involved so small that it didn't make much of a difference?
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