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  1. That news article would be called “sponsored content” today.🤔
  2. Those rascally midshipmen get into all sorts of mischief 😳
  3. What a great photograph! With regard the port lids, this engraving of the Delaware from the 1830s shows full classic ports on the lower gun deck, half lids (lower lid) and removable bucklers (upper lid) on the upper gun deck, and completely removable lids or "full bucklers", or possibly no lids at all, on the spar deck: 0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr Close up: 0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr
  4. I'm guessing that was an expedient to make small pieces of timber do, when larger, proper ones were not available.
  5. On the expanded outboard planking plan of the Cruiser Class, in this case HMS Primrose, 1807, note how low the anchor-stock-planking extends below the waterline. I thought they only used it for the thicker main-wales. In 1809, Primrose wrecked in a storm on Mistral Rock, with the loss of all hands, but the drummer boy. https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/83932.html
  6. I can almost hear the gaggle of young-gentlemen singing "The Sailors Dirge", in the frigate's cramped steerage, by the dim light of a solitary, swinging lantern - slamming their beer steins down on the table at the end of every verse ... "... but now his heart is cold." Slam!
  7. The smithsonian has a ten sheet set of plans in 1/4 inch scale of the USS Hartford . It was drawn up to make a rigged solid hull model for their collection
  8. Paul Sutcliffe, what, if anything, remains of the wreck of HBM Frigate Magicienne, 32, blown up in the same battle?
  9. The Norfolk Island British Frigate Sirius wrecked in 1790, so the old style trunnioned carronades are appropriate. The other British frigate called Sirius wrecked on Mauritius Island at the Battle of Port Southeast in 1810, as portrayed in Patrick O'Brien's novel, The Mauritius Command. From Wiki Sirius sailed from [[The Motherbank, Ryde, Isle of Wight] on 13 May 1787 as the flagship of the eleven-vessel First Fleet, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip (Governor-designate of the new colony). Phillip transferred to the Armed Tender HMS Supplyat Cape Town,[7] with Second Captain John Hunter[8] remaining in command of Sirius. Also on board were Royal Marine Major Robert Ross, who would be responsible for colony security and surgeons George Bouchier Worgan and Thomas Jamison. Midshipman Daniel Southwell recorded that Sirius was carrying the Larcum Kendall K1 chronometer used by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages around the world.[9] She arrived in Botany Bay on 20 January 1788, two days after Supply, according to the journals of Hunter[10] and First Lieutenant (later Rear Admiral) William Bradley[11] [12] The 252-day voyage had gone via Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope and covered more than 15,000 miles (24,000 km). It was quickly decided that Botany Bay was unsuitable for a penal settlement and an alternative location was sought. While waiting to move, a large gale arose preventing any sailing; during this period the French expeditionary fleet of Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérousearrived in Botany Bay. The colony was established at Sydney Cove in Port Jackson when Governor Phillip arrived on 26 January aboard Supply. Sirius arrived the following day.[13] The British cordially received the French. Sirius's captains, through their officers, offered assistance and asked if Lapérouse needed supplies. However the French leader and the British commanders never met personally. Lapérouse also took the opportunity to send his journals, some charts and some letters back to Europe with Sirius. After obtaining wood and fresh water, the French left on 10 March for New Caledonia, Santa Cruz, the Solomons, the Louisiades, and the western and southern coasts of Australia. The French fleet and all on board were never seen again. The documents carried by Sirius would be its only testament. Decades later it was discovered that Lapérouse's expedition had been shipwrecked on the island of Vanikoro. Sirius left Port Jackson under the command of Hunter on 2 October 1788,[8] when she was sent back to the Cape of Good Hope to get flour and other supplies. The complete voyage, which took more than seven months to complete, returned just in time to save the near-starving colony. In 1789, she was refitted in Mosman Bay, which was originally named Great Sirius Cove after the vessel. The name lives on in the adjacent Sirius Cove (formerly "Little Sirius Cove").[14] On 19 March 1790, Sirius was wrecked on a reef at Norfolk Island while landing stores. Among those who witnessed the ship's demise from shore was Thomas Jamison, the surgeon for the penal settlement. Jamison would eventually become Surgeon-General of New South Wales. Sirius's crew was stranded on Norfolk Island until they were rescued on 21 February 1791. Hunter returned to England aboard Waaksamheid where he faced court martial and was honourably acquitted. He was appointed as Phillip's successor as Governor of New South Wales in February 1795, though he did not return to the colony until September.[8] One of the sailors on Sirius, Jacob Nagle, wrote a first-hand account of the ship's last voyage, wreck, and the crew's stranding.[15] With the settlement in New South Wales still on the brink of starvation, the loss of Sirius left the colonists with only one supply ship.
  10. Put a little steeple and cross on the roof, and you got yourself a nice little country church! Reverend Hank has a nice ring to it.
  11. Very interesting! Free to download from the museum site: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Black-Sailors-During-the-War-of-1812.pdf
  12. The graham crackers and milk, were they good? I nominate the no-show young-guy as permanent "captain of the head" ...
  13. Thanks Druxey! Little Fly was the last surviver of the Swan Class. I wonder how she looked then, after so many required repairs and updates. A new fiddlehead? Stern carvings replaced, or reduced? Quarterdeck and forecastle barricades planked over? The 'Nelson Checker' paint job? Carronades on the main deck? Remember, the poor, little 16-gun ship Fly was only 300 tons, while the new Cruiser Class 18-gun brigs were 400 tons. Pegasus vanished in those same seas back when she was brand new - as she had just arrived in Halifax from England on her maiden cruise.
  14. The Swan Class Sloop HMS Fly was lost off Newfoundland in an 1802 storm. I wonder if this was the same hurricane...

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