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Hello All, I didn't know where else to share this, but as a nautical history buff, I figured it's probably in this section. In my research over the years into the 70 gun Third Rate Elizabeth, having read her Captain's and Master's logs, I found that she was part of Admiral Shovell's last fleet command in the Mediterranean in 1707. As an artist and cartoonist, I've always gotten a kick out of the 'perfected' versions of the individuals being painted, and at the National Maritime Museum, there's a portrait of Admiral Shovell in a suit of black armor. From the accounts I've read, the Admiral enjoyed a fullness of body, if you follow me, and was by no account a thin person as depicted in the painting. From that starting point, I'd created a digital painting of what a drunk cartoonist might have ended up with, had he had the recklessness tp paint the Admiral with total abandon. It's my first digital painting, and you'll have to forgive the inaccuracies in the ship's masting and rigging - but here it is:
Hello all, I'm Alex, aged 49, living near Hannover, Germany together with my beloved wife, son and 2 dogs. Nearly since I was born I'm addicted to naval history, love research as well as model building (mainly from cardboard). Maybe you'd like to see one of my creations at Papermau Blogspot. My actual project is Revell's USS United States 1/150 (in fact it's about 1/220), shown in 1842 condition. Much of the parts I recreated from cardboard, so if you're interested I'll open a new topic for that. If you've got any questions, feel free to contact me. Best regards Alex
So I have been pitched a question and I can't think of anyplace to ask other than here in hopes that someone may have some good information. The other day I was doing some research at work (it was a rare slow day) and a co-worker saw the age of sail ships on my screen and asked me a question that took me by surprise. He asked me about the state of the sails when a warship went into action. Now I've read a lot of fiction but I could not answer that question. So in hopes perhaps someone here will know: When an 18th century warship went into battle were there any special orders made in regards to the sails and rigging? I am sure that wind and position relative to the enemy would have an effect on orders but was there anything that would have been ordered each time? I'm sure I could find some books on it but as I was asked the question I was hoping to get a faster response here. Thanks! PS: I apologize if this is the wrong place or an improper post, I'm still pretty new here.