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Colin Bishop23/02/2020 14:38:54
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Ray, the actual sail from Victory has been preserved at Portsmouth. It was on display for a while during the events to mark the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar.


Bob Abell26/02/2020 09:01:36
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Here is the actual sail on display at Portsmouth

Morbidly fascinating?


sail display.jpg

Bob Abell26/02/2020 09:06:08
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Cannon ball damage discovered in the Hull planking

Fascinating or what?



Banjoman26/02/2020 10:56:23
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On YouTube, there's is a short video where the Vasa Museum (and others, I think) are test firing a full size replica of one of the Vasa's guns against a target which is also a full size solid oak replica of a wooden man o'war's sides. I believe the tests were carried out at the Bofors test firing range ...

Anyway, here's the link: **LINK**

There are more video clips from the same occasion available, although mainly in Swedish. Still, the images speak very much for themselves!


Bob Abell26/02/2020 12:32:12
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Thank you, Banjo.....And a Happy New Year

Are you building anything at the moment?


Colin Bishop26/02/2020 12:38:04
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An impressive video. You can only shudder at the effect those splinters would have had on the ship's crew.

A few RN ships were built of teak in India and the crews apparently hated them because a teak splinter wound almost always turned septic


Edited By Colin Bishop on 26/02/2020 12:38:29

Bob Abell26/02/2020 12:56:39
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An excellent demonstration of fire power!

The Oak looked very brittle and offered no protection to the gun crews

The shot would probably gone through both sides of the ship...…...As clean as a whistle

On Victory`s first pass through the Enemy fleet, she gave a full broadsides on both sides and raked the enemy ships end on!

Must have been a dreadful sight

Can`t really understand the purpose of the sea battles at the period...…..

Why shoot the sails? etc

Why shoot the hulls? etc

It must have been chaotic...….Drifting about. unable to steer etc

I wonder if they bounced the shot off the sea?


Roger Clark26/02/2020 18:15:17
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The shots at the sails were attempts to bring the masts down and the shots into the hull were to disable the guns, those battles were for sea supremacy and control of commerce, much the same as recent wars and flag waving really.



Banjoman26/02/2020 20:12:51
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A very Happy New Year to you, too, Bob

Well, yes, I am currently building summat, but not anything at all boat or ship shaped, I'm afraid, as right now I'm busy making a small table to use as a sharpening station in my workshop, based around two old offcuts of Corian that I saved from a kitchen renovation some 15 or so years ago; they will of course make up the top and shelf, being nice, smooth, flat, water proof and very easy to wipe clean.

This is my sketch for the project (all measurements in mm):



Apart from giving me a dedicated sharpening station (which is handy, as it can go next to the workshop sink, and have the most frequently used stones permanently set out and ready), the project is also a test of my own mettle against American hard maple as a timber, as that is what I'd like to use for an upcoming work bench build; I thus started this particular job by ripping and cross cutting a couple of raw planks of 8/4 and 6/4 hard maple ...


... to break the stock down to rough size ...


... before hand planing it smooth, to thickness ...


... to width and foursquare.


Right now I'm chopping out the mortises in the legs ...


... after which it'll be time to saw the tenons on the rails.


As I just said, this is, as it were, a warm-up and training project for what I plan to do next, which is to build a 7' x 24" x 4" work bench; I have already bought all the hardware, and sometime in March or April I plan to travel up to Arnhem in the Netherlands, where there is a first class timber yard, and buy the timber I'll need for that.

However, given that I will then want to give that timber a fair amount of time to acclimatise to my workshop, my thinking right now is that once the timber had been laid in, it would not be a bad moment to finally get on to the Fairey Huntsman that is next on my model boat build list ... We'll see about that, but if I do, I'll be sure to post about it here

Edited By Banjoman on 26/02/2020 20:14:01

Edited By Banjoman on 26/02/2020 20:14:24

Bob Abell26/02/2020 20:32:05
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Well, you`ve certainly got your hands full this time Banjo!

I like you`re workshop, neat and tidy as I would expect from your goodself

Keep in touch


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