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It's been a while since we introduced a new how to ship modeling CD so it's been long enough. With all the emphasis on lighting at the model shows and on line, I am proud to present "Lighting Model Ships" by Dave Kopielski. Dave recently finished an astonishing 1/350 scale model of the USS Carl Vinson adorned with tons of LEDs in various colors and sizes and he wrote Flagship Models a CD to show everyone just how he did it. I'm not taking pre-orders because I expect it to go on sale by the weekend for a reasonable $12.95. Get a first look at: Lighting Model Ships
After many (and many more) hours of effort by numerous volunteers, it is now ready and available for viewing. Joshua Humphreys is acknowledged as the principal designer of the original six American frigates. His son, Samuel, was Chief Naval constructor from 1826 until his death in 1846. The Notebook represents essentially an Aide-mémoire or ready reference on a wide variety of information related to ships and shipbuilding. It opens with the hand copied British Establishment of 1719, and also includes the 1745 establishment, dimensions of many vessels from several nations, and notations on ships wheels, various capstans and much more. It runs chronologically from the first entry (not dated) - some entries provide clues as to the date (such as a notation "captured by the British in 1813) but that also is sporadic. For example, there is an entry for "Dimensions of spars of US Frigate President" followed by "Dimensions of Spars of US Frigate Constitution", however they follow entries for the "Dimension of Brig US Nautilus captured by The British in 1812" and "Rules for masting Frigates 1809", and are followed by "Dimensions of Ship Madison Corvette, Built-Launched at Sacketts Harbour on the Lakes November 1812" and an entry titled "Sept 1814 A Better Rule". Overall, there is a great deal of information of various detail provided which can aid in understanding the basis for some of the ship design philosophies of Joshua and Samuel. Please note that spellings have been retained as they appear in the source document for the most part, so there may be multiple spellings of the same word. Emendation has generally been restricted to converting the thorn (looks like a y as in ye ) to the appropriate word (such as "the" for ye ), and spelling out certain abbreviations. It can be downloaded from the Modelshipbuilder website at the bottom of the resources page here: http://modelshipbuilder.com/page.php?24 We hope that this is a useful reference work for you, and have plans to add to the body of knowledge as we continue transcription of other documents related to the early Navy.
Author: Charles Derrick Published 1806 Description from Cambridge University Press: “Following the British naval successes of the early French Revolutionary Wars, which culminated in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, public interest in the history and growth of the Royal Navy increased dramatically, inspiring the publication of scholarly works relating to naval history. This volume, written by Naval Office clerk Charles Derrick and first published in 1806, contains a detailed account of the changes in the state of the Royal Navy between 1485 and 1805. Derrick focuses on the decline and growth of the number of ships in the Navy during the reign of each monarch through this period, listing the number of ships and tonnage at the start of each reign and describing innovations and new ships built during the period. Including copies of contemporary naval reports on ship numbers, tonnage and shipbuilding techniques, this clear and concise study remains a valuable reference for the study of naval history.” Download available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=3CoVAAAAQAAJ Purchase printed reproduction ($42.99) at: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/military-history/memoirs-rise-and-progress-royal-navy In addition to numerous listings of the ships in service (including, for many, their principal dimensions and number of men in the crew), there are several appendices wherein various dimensions from the Establishments of 1677, 1691, 1706, 1719, and 1745, as well as the proposals from 1733 and 1741 are listed. Additional tables show the weights of bower anchors and cables for various establishments (page 266), and dimensions of cannon and the guns (number and weight) from various periods. Note that this is the source used in the 1860 Encyclopedia Britannica article on Shipbuilding.