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Bulwark Rails - Horizontal or Mirror the Camber?


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Title says it.

 

I'm approaching a point in my 1780s privateer Rattlesnake build where I may need to keep this in consideration. Are the top surfaces horizontal side-to-side or would they match the deck's camber? Maybe not a significant detail, but, well y'all know how nit-picky we can be sometimes.......... ;)

 

Brian

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I am sorry Janos, but the rails should be horizontal. I have never seen a plan where the rails match the camber of the deck. See this cross section of an American merchant ship from the mid 19th century. Note the rails do not match the camber of the deck.

 

Russ

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Very good! Thanks for the discussion and drawings gents. I had thought mirroring the camber might look more "elegant", but horizontal it is.

 

Janos, your "ugly" rail reminds me of a couple of Rattlesnake taffrails I've run across. Those would certainly scream to be camberized.

 

Brian

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Okay, I reckon that might be considered odd. I would need to see how it appeared on the original plan. If it was like that on the original plan, then I would prefer to see it that way on the model.

 

Russ

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On p.4 of my build log is a stern view of the Admiralty (I think) drawing. It has a slight but apparent arch, much like the deck camber and not as much as the carved decoration, but that little bit makes a world of difference in appearance (to me at least).

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That curve on the taffrail might be an inch or two, but not much more. It is all but horiztonal. I see what you mean though about the aesthetics. A slight curve in the taffrail is a nice touch.

 

Russ

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