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    If it is old, I have an interest, have done enough different things to appreciate most.

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  1. Gravity is a constant within limited areas so a water level unless effected by friction and wind will always show true at both ends. Plum Bob strings will also hang parallel unless disturbed by air movement within the area of a hulls construction. Those two things provide the repeatable constants for building anything and they are perpendicular. Suspect they, with few exceptions were the only constants in old or current ship building. KISS principle comes to mind. en.wikipedia.org › wiki › KISS_principle KISS, an acronym for keep it simple, stupid, is a design principle noted
  2. Tie the first and last knot with the bitter end tucked under the outside turn making the clove hitch into a constrictor knot. don't pull tight or trim until the shrouds are adjusted.
  3. These are the best of Cargo Hatch Cover Photos I took in 66-67 aboard 2 different 542 Class LSTs in the South China Sea or on a Delta river, except the supply ship that kept us in feed and ammo. The photo of the wet forward hatch taken aboard the Clark County LST 601, a ship I was part of the recommissioning crew 65-66, is over the main deck ramp to the tank deck, on a slope but typically closed as all hatches were that I was ever around. Notice the white water, not here, but green water sometimes got up there, hence the batons over the top from side to side to prevent wind and water from lift
  4. Remember that the gun does not move until after the projectile has left the bore so we are not talking about an engine delivering long term and steady force. When the projectile leaves the bore, it's all over folks, no more force attempting to overcome inertia of a stationary mass, what remains is working against the buffer action of the training tackles and whatever constraints the carriage and it's mass bring to bare, all energy absorbing masses and friction devices acting as restraints while absorbing diminishing energy. Bothers me not letting the tackle act as a brake. Recoil up to today i
  5. Don't think any structural shortages were employed in Fire Ships, they needed to be sea worthy and capable of serving the fleet, sometimes for years. Would expect them to look like any normal vessel of their size and rig. Going aboard and the truth might be seen, expect them to filled with the combustibles of the day, stored for ready use and much of it. It would be the combustibles that set them apart from the rest of the fleet.
  6. Had joined the Cub Scouts and really wanted a Boy Scout Knife because it was so neat with all sorts of different blades and I could join in on the toothpick making process of Dad and Grandad as they discussed the world events while soaking up the sun. One night, the dog got into it with a skunk and Dad shot the skunk. The bargain was that if I buried the skunk, I would get the knife. Got the knife, also learned that when burying a skunk, dig the hole before retrieving the skunk.
  7. Each Friday night after work, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux would fire up their outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. But, all of Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's neighbors were Catholic. And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally went and talked to their priest. The Priest came to visit Boudreaux and Thibodeaux, and suggested that they should become Catholic. After several classes and much study, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux attended M
  8. HUMOR! CHIEF AT THE CHIEF'S CLUB! A Navy Chief who had a little too much to drink walks into the Chief's Club on base, sits down and demands a drink. “Get out” says the bartender...... “I don’t serve drunks here”. The Chief staggers out the front door, only to come back in through the side door. He sits at the bar, bangs his fist and demands a drink. The bartender yells at the Chief......
  9. The Cat tackle is used to lift the anchor from the water after being hoisted, can also be used to hold and control it while the rigging for stowage was put in place, it is not used to let go by releasing the hook on the Cat Tackle. To be used to let go, a pelican hook or similar device would be needed on the Cat Tackle instead of the hook you find there. The cat tackle is also used to lift the anchor to a quick release fitting attached to the Cat, then removed and two-blocked out of the way while the anchor hangs from the quick release device, when ready, it is let go from there, the cable fol
  10. We put ours upstairs aboard the Cape Race, a King Salmon Troller in SE Alaska 1965. We jigged for Halibut when Kings weren't biting.
  11. Guns are not rigged for firing, sponges, rammer's and other loading and firing gear is not to be seen, blocks with lines and other gear scattered about. Would suspect those are capstan bars, keeping them handy, yet out of the way and not gun equipment at all. Modern man often jumps to conclusions, in an attempt to group unrelated objects together in old photos or modern arraignments of unrelated old equipment and gear. Capstans are used for more than lifting the anchor on most vessels.
  12. Drafting by hand is an art form and the lettering is more noticeable than the line work on all forms of it. Other than Mechanical Drawing Classes in High School, my Professional experience was with Civil Engineering and Survey Drafting by hand. The trick to good usable drawings was the correct dimensions and accurate data in the tables used to support the drawing details. Someone had to provide that data or you did the Math Yourself, scaling was not good enough. We did our Survey Drawing by plotting grid points and connecting the dots, to do that we needed coordinates, we used Rectangular and
  13. Nice work. Keep some of your hull finish on hand, going to need some touch up when you modify the Gudgeons and Pintals so the rudder will swing.
  14. Probably thousands of different ways to secure the small boats different vessels carried as long as they are secure. Stowed with the keels down, I would expect a cover to be secured and vented to protect the interior from water and damage from the sun, would not find it amiss if the keel was up to be covered. There are many hitches using loops to create a tackle to draw tension into ropes, what most call the truckers hitch is one many use today.
  15. If you have ever chased anything massive that has came adrift at sea, you will understand why the large Breaching Rope was in place, not to stop recoil, but to stop the gun from becoming a massive ram powered by gravity. Would only expect the guns to make the breaching taught if the gun was fired on the up-roll and gravity was assisting. Much of the forces of recoil would be consumed in getting the mass moving, once that was done, all the recoil forces would be expended and coasting to a stop would be the norm. Putting a gun crew down from a near hit, would place that gun out of control and de
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