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How many people built one of those ships? I can feel their tiny, little, ghosts moving around hammering, sawing, hammering, carrying, sawing, hammering.  In the freezing breeze blasting off the St. Lawrence. They were tough people. "On chantait Charley-Man". 




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Hi Rick,


As a matter of fact, René Nicolas Levasseur  built 74 guns ship on the ST_Laurence in Quebec city in 1750. 

Unfortunately, no plans survived from this time. The best documents there is  are the line of the frigate l'Abénakise when the English captured her.


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Hi Gaetan, 


Yes, I had seen that in the wonderful book "On Chantait Charley-Man". I also have some good friends at the Davie Shipyard and it is quite something to stand there, looking out into the St-Laurent on a bright October morning, imagining the construction. Even today, the fellows welding those great big ship sections, twenty feet in the air, in a force 4 or 5 breeze, are pretty tough, big, men. 

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The next tool? Here is what I discovered today:

GRS makes interesting tools. Here is a very interesting one. A 3D vise. Usually a vise is only adjustable in 1 direction but this one is adjustable in all directions. This would be the ideal vise for carving a figure head.



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