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About Feathermerchant

  • Birthday 10/19/1937

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    Columbus, Ohio
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    Restored a 1926 folk art model of the 1914 Dutch built passenger/freighter "Insulinde" and it's drydock. Donated to Steamship Historical Society.

    Have built: C.W. Morgan, Cutty Sark, Tug Seguin, skipjack "Willie L. Bennett" (2018). Marine Models "British Revenue Cutter" & Hudson River Sloop. Restored: Sovereign of the Seas, Half-Moon and Model Shipways 1954 "Dapper Tom" - Baltimore Clipper. Present build: LSS "Armed Virginia Sloop, 1768"

    President of the "Shipwrights of Central Ohio" and editor of our newsletter "Ropewalk".

    Member of: Nautical Research Guild, Great Lakes Historical Society

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  1. Steven, I purchased digitized photos of the Great Harry from the Powerhouse Museum. They are TIFF format so I can do closeups of the rigging. The futtock shrouds are attached either to a wire or tightly tied line just under the lip of the crow's nest lip and then tied off on the shrouds below. I had talk to Harry Gee, Rights and Permission Officer for MAAS. He told me that they were digitizing the photos of the Great Harry. Received them last week and have been using the photos to draw out the standing rigging. It is like having a magnifying glass while looking at a large model. I have in another screen the crow's nest with futtock shrouds taking up the whole screen. Great for detail and really helps in understanding how the model was rigged.
  2. Steven, I have Anderson. Finished reading Mark Myers, masters thesis "The Evolution of Hull Design in Sixteenth-Century English Ship-Of-War" (Texas A&M). Henry VII (early 1500's and Elizabeth (Late 1500's) were the major builders of English ships and both changed the hull designs but appears that there was not that much change in rigging. That said, Anderson wrote his book in 1883 based on source materials from the 16-1700's. I am going to assume that the rigging of ships in Henry's VIII's time did not change that much by the early 1600's. Since I have now a starboard view of the Auz. model, I should be able to draw out the rigging plan for "The Great Harry" when the model was built. This is a restoration back to how it looked 60 years ago with the exception of how the yards were fastened to the masts. The model, when we picked her up, had the yards wired to the masts and the owner asked if we could replace the wire with rope. That said, Anderson becomes our technical source for how to rig a 1600 vessel since I have not found a technical source for the 1500's.
  3. Keith, thats is a good question and we do not have a crisp answer. Family says it came to America with a great grandfather when he emigrated either before or around the turn of the century from Germany. The Powerhouse Museum dates it at 1920's but does not know the maker. NMM, Greenwich dates theirs as possibly early 19th C. reconstruction, based upon an engraving published in 1756. That is a 100 year span and raises the question: Who and where? We have three models, America, UK, & Aus. that are almost identical. What we do know is that our model has a plaque in the keel that has Germany on it. I expect that we have the same craftsman duplicating the mode. In this mix we have the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Crystal Palace), in Hyde Park, London where a model of the "Great Harry" had been made for display. The Crystal places was moved to south London in 1854 and stood until 1936 when it was burned down. So the question is: Is the Great harry in the US & Aus. a one-off to the Great Harry at NMM and did a local guild in Germany build the models for sale?
  4. Uff Da, Forgot to note that the rigging of the Lateen Yard is from Lennarth Petersson's "Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft, French Lugger (page 63).
  5. I will now confine my comments to this build log rather then my own. My focus is trying to understand and draw the rigging plan for our model. We have three models to study to understand how she was rigged (NMM, Greenwich - rigging in bad shape; Our model - rigging mostly removed before we took possession; and the model at the Powerhouse Museum, Sidney.) The Powerhouse Museum had two photos of their model, one from the port side (shown above) and one from the starboard side, showing how she is rigged. I signed all the papers to get a copy of the models starboard side this morning. The owner stipulated that she want the vessel rigged as it was with one exception: How the yards are fastened to the masts. In the model when we received it, the yards were wired to the masts. the owner has asked us to replace the wire with rope. The above worked from the 13th to 18th C. (Mondfeld). Mondfeld, Deane's and Steel mention lateen yards but not how they are held to the mast Rigged as above would allow the Lateen yard to swing with the wind without binding and also allow the yard to be lowered to the deck. Though 18th C., I doubt that rigging a lateen yard had not changed in 200 years.
  6. Louie da fly I have contacted the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sidney, the Photo Library, about the photo they have posted of "Great Harry" H 3476. Harry Ree wrote back with a photo of the Great Harry from the starboard side of the model, showing more details of her rigging. It is not of the best quality. They will provide a new digital photo. but due to Covid-19 and other priorities it could take 6-8 weeks. Without plans available, this may be the only way we can duplicate the rigging on our model. Appreciate your help and that the museum is the "Powerhouse" that holds the model. From their web site I found the reference to the Photo Library and their contact information. Thanks again.
  7. Sean, Welcome. Sorry you missed Saturday's meeting. Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 21st in the conference room. Follow the directions you have for the classroom, but when you pass the gift shop, take a right and then a second right and the conference room is at the end of the short hallway behind the gift shop. If you send me your contact info, I will send you a reminder and our March newsletter "Ropewalk". The club contact is shipwright@wowway.com. Again, welcome aboard. Bill Nyberg president Shipwrights of Central Ohio
  8. Thanks for the information & suggestions. The model Dapper Tom and Model Shipways kit and this model were built for a non-existent ship. I found an article on a capstan for the Victory by Glen Greico, Texas A&M showing lifting an anchor using messenger & nippers with the storing of the anchor cable through a hatch aft of the riding bitts. It also showed the capstan aft of the main mast. Checking my pictures of the forward deck of a Baltimore Clipper, I found rollers that the messenger cable would have been used to guide it to the anchor cable. The deck layout on the Dapper Tom has the capstan aft of the main mast so I improvised and placed two small openings in the deck between the riding bitts and the foremast. I have attached the picture of the capstan from Grieco's Victory. Capstan.docx
  9. I am in the process of restoring the Baltimore Clipper "Dapper Tom" a fictitious model of an 1815, 8-gun schooner. I have a copy of Model Shipways plans, copyright 1954, and the instruction manual for this model, copyright 2006. I was ask to repair/restore the model after it took a header off a shelf and broke most of the rigging. The original model dates from the 1960's. The original anchor line, stowed on deck, is 5/32" diameter. Scale of the model is 5/32" = 1'. I plan to reduce the size of the anchor line to 1/32" (3" dia.) but I cannot find the access to the anchor line locker. I cannot believe that they would store all that rope on the deck. I was thinking of two holes in the deck near the riding bit. Can anyone help me on how this was done. I have checked Chapelle's "The Baltimore Clipper" . No help.
  10. Jack, nice job. Building the same vessel. Just finished the deck and installing the hatch comings. Not been following MSW for a while, but will be following your build. Interested in how you do the dredge A-frame and winders. Feathermerchant
  11. Frank, thanks for the information and the picture. .............feathermerchant
  12. Cap'n'Bob, Thanks for the picture and description. Still think the dredge will damage the hull when pulled up on deck. The roller are at the widest breath of the skipjack so the cable should be off the side of the hull, but the dredge is wide and, from what I can see, the only thing that would keep the dredge off the side of the hull would be the man tending the dredge. I checked some pictures I had from the 2010 NRG conference and the tour of St. Michael's. There was a skipjack on the rails and looking from the stern the side rail, where the dredge would come up was badly chewed up, but then the skipjack itself looked like a wreck................. feathermerchant .
  13. Looking at my plans for the Bennett, I can see the rollers (a horizontal one and one at an angle at the aft end of the horizontal one) with a guard below it that the cable would run on. Still think that as the dredge came up the side of the skipjack would get beat up. Have a watercolor of a derelict skipjack showing a beat up side, but that could be just artist interpretation.
  14. I am presently building the skipjack "Bennett" and enjoying reading about your progress since you are way ahead of me. One question about the dredge: Do you know if it was dropped over the side or thrown out away from the side of the skipjack? I am trying to visualize how the seaman worked putting the dredge into the water while the vessel was underway. I don't see any booms with pulleys that woud keep the dredge off the side of the vessel. Thanks.
  15. Hi Rick, just found your build list. Appears that you have not progressed this past year. I to am building the W.B. and am setting the ceiling in the hold. The question is what is the definition of a ceiling when it is the deck or floor of the hold? My experience has been that ceilings are overheads and floors are decks. I am confused about the use of the term "ceiling". Off to do more research............................bill

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