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About Sailor1234567890

  • Birthday 05/05/1977

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    Halifax NS, Canada
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    Sailing ships, boating, sailing, canoeing, boatbuilding in 1:1 and various other scales.

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  1. I understand the apprentices hated the spencer because Capt Woodget wouldn't use it often but it still needed to be unfurled to dry, so it was seen as creating needless work by them.
  2. Any updates lately? I've picked up the book Billy Ruffian and it's a good read. Interesting life of the ship. Cheers, Daniel
  3. That visual illusion of the bow seeming to dip down after rising along the sheer is called powderhorned. She may appear powderhorned from certain angles. Boatbuilders and shipwrights will tell you the most challenging line to get right is the sheerline. It's visual prominence is part of the reason why it's so challenging. It's in your face. If it's not done perfectly, (or designed right in the first place in some cases) it will appear powderhorned. If you look up the schooner William H. Albury and check out her bow, compared to a similar vessel, LFH's schooner Mistral, you'll notice the differ
  4. I would argue that Shifting Backstays are indeed part of the standing rig. Shifting doesn't imply they get used sometimes and not other times. that would mean they are not permanent standing rigging. They shift backstays between port and stbd side depending what tack they are on. They are not removable in that they are more easily disconnected from the masthead. They are a required part of the rig and it would seriously compromise the rig if they were not made up properly at sea, IE. the rig could come down on their heads quite easily if they don't shift their backstays every time they come ab
  5. I'll take one in 1:12 please. Could you do up the interior so I can live aboard? That's some really nice stuff there.
  6. Rob, would you mind putting that composite image up here for us? I can't wrap my head around the upside downness of it all. LOL
  7. I just thought I'd put a reminder here to have a listen to "The Lubber's Hole", a podcast about Jack and Stephen. While the books may be a bit challenging to read at first, they really are some of the best English literature out there. I'm about to return to the governor's ballroom again for another circumnavigation of the series. There are also a couple of good FB groups that delve into the intricacies of the series.
  8. Tom's in a FB group for Mason Sailboat Owners. Tom owns a beautiful Mason 44 named Constance. He puts out regular videos about traditional seamanship, navigation and all things boating. He's got a sharp wit and a great understated sense of humour as Roger mentioned. He writes articles for sailing and yachting magazines as well. All round good guy to have access to if you're into boating.
  9. A fireship is a very specialized ship. The layout, the construction, how her ports are cut, the internals of her. They're not just a converted ship (generally though some were pressed to serve as fireships with significant modifications made on the spot) because a normal ship just isn't designed to burn. Ports open upwards, burning through the line that holds the port open and they all shut starving the fire of air. The combustibles below are arranged in special systems to be able to have fuses led around without to the various places that needed fusing. There's an escape hatch at the aft end,
  10. For anyone interested in the A-M series, check out a podcast called "The Lubber's Hole". It's a couple of guys who dissect the series book by book. I spend an hour or so soaking in the hot tub on Sunday nights when the new one is released. Gotta justify all that time and money put into maintaining the hot tub so it's my shut down the brain time. I first read Hornblower at 12 years of age. I thought the books looked too big for me until I got into the first one. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. Later, I got into the A-M series. There's no comparison. Hornblower is a fun story. A-M is the greatest his
  11. We had that book at home growing up. I remember not really appreciating it. Glad it's appreciated.
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