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Fun part(well there are many fun parts), but this fun part(building the great cabin and accommodations) must be real fun.  A little artistic license availeth itself.   :10_1_10:


I suspect the roof of the poop deck will be be the window into the gallery.  


Great job Ed....real artistic workmanship.



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Young America - extreme clipper 1853
Part 111 – Main Deck


For a change of pace from the cabin deck paneling, I started work on the main deck.  In the first picture, the external, cabin deck forward bulkhead has been constructed followed by the coaming and decking inside the cabin deck entry structure.




To proceed with the central decking and the hatchway coamings, the mast partners had to be first roughed in.  The next picture shows the partners for the main mast being fit.




The mast is a dummy – a ½" dowel fitted with a tenon on the mast step in the hold.  The rake is being set with the rule at rail height based on marks made along the top strake of bulwark planking.  This will all be refined later when the final masts are fitted with chocks and mast coats.


In the next picture, the main hatch coaming is being assembled forward of the main partners.




The cross-deck head ledges hold the fore and aft coamings down and together with angled dovetails.  The excess ends will be sanded off after the coaming is glued together.  It will then be permanently fixed to the deck framing.  The term coaming has two meanings: the overall assembly and the fore and aft pieces.


In the next picture, the two bilge pump suction pipes have been connected to their lower parts and framed in place aft of the main mast partners.




The next picture shows central planking being installed starting at the mizzenmast.




The next picture – from the opposite (port) side - shows planking completed forward to the main hatch.




The mast openings will be enlarged later.  There is a scuttle in the deck aft of the pipes to permit access to the main water tank manway below.


Forward of the main hatch is the large deck cabin.  Its coaming is shown fitted and pinned into place in the last picture.




The foremast partners and then the chain pipe openings are just forward of the cabin.  All deck structures were based on coamings similar to the hatch coamings.  These could be effectively caulked and sealed to keep water out of the cargo decks below.  The main deck cabin housed the crew and the galley.



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Thanks, everyone.


Mark, the use of coamings to improve sealing at deck partitions and to raise the height of doorsteps was probably aimed at keeping water out of the lower decks.  This was of less concern on the 18C RN ships most of us have been used to - with their open gratings and ladderways.  Those ships were probably pretty sodden below deck.  While all wooden ships leak to some extent this would have been a serious problem on these ocean carriers that stored all manner of goods below deck for multi-month voyages.  So the raised coamings - 18" for hatches on YA - as well as the caulking of hatch covers before voyages were all part of a series of practices to protect the cargo - some of which was very high value and subject to water damage.



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Young America - extreme clipper 1853
Part 112 – Main Deck/Forecastle Framing


The first picture shows the main deck aft of the main hatch after completion of the central planking and treenailing.



Topsail sheet bits are now installed for each mast.  The metal plates over the pump suction pipes will be blackened.  The next picture shows decking completed at the bow.




The port side in this area will be left unplanked – as shown.  The starboard side was planked so the anchor chain can be shown on this side.  The chain pipes have not been installed, but will come up through the two square cutouts forward of the sheet bits.  The two carrick bits are installed and will support the winch later.


At this stage the forecastle could be framed.  The next picture shows the beginning with the setting of the breast beam.




The beam is supported at the center on the carrick bits and with a bolt into the central Samson post.  In the next picture the setting of the forecastle beams is underway.




The top of the forecastle decking needs to be flush at the side with the top of the outer planking – and, of course, it must be fair.  Fairness is being checked as each beam is set using the strip of planking as shown.


As the forecastle beams were set other structures were added.  In the next picture the mooring bits are being glued in.




The cathead and capstan carlings have been installed.  The forward beams are still loose, pending fitting of the bowsprit partners.


In the next picture those have been installed along with the lodging knees and half hooks astride the dummy bowsprit.




Except for carlings astride the bowsprit, the forecastle framing is essentially complete.  Copper wire, epoxied bolts have been installed to reinforce the structure.


The last picture is a view from directly aft along the deck.




This shows the copper bolts through the breast beam.  It also shows the upward sheer and the fairness of the forecastle deck.



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