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    thames barge
    by jacko ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys
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    There was a switch for going from petrol to paraffin, ran for about 15 minutes on petrol, then switch over. I had the same engine when I skippered 'Nellie' a few years later. Principle problem was the noise. On a still day they could be heard from miles away and were described as sounding like Angry Wasps.
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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    RNinMunich
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    Aha! Collecting the tulips and 'football cheeses' were we?
    Shame you had to bash up the Cap'n to get a sail though๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    PS Hope he remembered to retard the ignition when running on paraffin.
    Lotsa smoke and pongโ˜น๏ธ
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.;-/ Cheers Doug
    Nerys
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    I was on her for two years, she was actually sailed once in that time and that was when the skipper was in hospital for a few days and we had a beautiful sail on the Ijsel Meer. The two Chrysler Crown petrol/paraffin engines worked overtime the rest of the time.

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    RNinMunich
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    "It was about three years before she had her sails dressed. He never used them, motored everywhere!"
    LAZY B*****!๐Ÿ˜ 
    Fuel musta bin cheap in 'them thar days'.
    Or maybe he just had a sensitive hooter and a weak stomach? ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.;-/ Cheers Doug
    Nerys
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    My skipper in 'Santille' certainly believed in that. It was about three years before she had her sails dressed. He never used them, motored everywhere!

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    nick
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    Yes I understand that but that was Bob Roberts who told me they would not push a new main'sl any harder than they had to. They brailed up a bit I guess
    Nerys
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    Quite right to say that sails were allowed to stretch and shrink for a year when new, but not possible to just use them in light airs at first. When a barge completed her refit and given orders to load a freight, she would sail, within reason, whatever the weather.

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    nick
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    I understood the reason barge sails were not dressed in the first year was to allow the material to do all it's shrinking and stretching. The skipper always tried to ease the sails into service in lighter airs to start out.
    The breaking was important to the life of the sails. As said, the dressing was a year later.
    Regards Nick.
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    Looks good Jacko, Iโ€™d love to see her sailing, looks graceful.
    May the wind always be always where you want it .
    Nerys
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    Hardly applicable to models, but a barges sails were dressed with a mixture of mainly red ochre mixed with cod oil, cow's urine and sea water. The sails were laid out, then the men dressing them would paint the dressing on using sweeping brushes. It was a very messy business and the dressing would still be coming off the sails months later. Stowing any sail made sure you and your clothes were plastered in the dressing. I think nowadays, they use something less intrusive.

    Cheers, Nerys
    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
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