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    Thames Sailing Barge 'Stangate'
    'Stangate' is a 1/24 model sailing barge based on a 'Portlight' hull from Dave Watts Mastman. She is seen here sailing for the first time at Cold Knap Lake, Barry. The wind was rather flukey so a good test was not really possible, but she answered the helm positively and I have every reason to think she will sail well.
    Motor Barge 'Nellie'
    In the 1940s and 50s, many traditional Thames Sailing barges were converted into motor barges. This is a model, based on photos and my memory of the 'Nellie'. The sailing barge 'Nellie' was built by Cremers at Hollowshore, Faversham in 1901,. She traded under sail carrying about 90 tons of cargo around the Thames, Medway and Swale until about 1952 and then had the gear taken out, a Chrysler Crown petrol/paraffin motor installed and carried on trading for some years owned by R.Lapthorne & Co of Hoo on the River Medway.. She was eventually sold out of trade and is now privately owned. She has been rerigged with a reduced sailing barge rig without a topsail. My model is based on a 30" barge hull from Dave Watts Mastman.
    Alice C
    I built Alice C from a Model Slipways Dutch Coaster kit a few months ago but only this week got round to ballasting her and fitting the radio. Launched her this morning in not very favourable conditions, westerly, far too gusty and all over the place around our launching apron. She did well under the circumstances and I look forward to trying her on a better day.
    Upnor, Thames Sailing Barge
    I have had a lifetime love affair with Thames Sailing Barges and this is my first model of one. She is based on a 30" hull from 'Mastman' (Dave Watts}. Launched for the first time today at Cold Knap lake, Barry, South Wales she did everything asked of her.
    (Working Vessel) Gwyneth
    I have never added to my fleet by buying in before, but looking at the Bring and Buy stall at the Blackpool show recently I couldn't resist this little boat. I like fishing boats anyway, but this boat was beautifully built, clinker on frame, planked decks, good standard of woodwork, altogether, a worthy addition to my fleet. I sailed her for the first time today and was well pleased with her performance. (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Sea Commander
    Built from an Aerokits kit. Very pleased with performance, comes up onto the plane quite easily (Motor: Caldercraft 750) (ESC: Chinese generic) (9/10)
    (Other) Sharpie
    Scratch built model of a typical East Coast of America sharpie. Used as a general work/ fishing boat. Fitted with topsails a few weeks after original launching. Appears to have greatly improved performance, but there was rather too much wind for a fair assessment and my partner had no desire to go wading in the lake. (5/10)
    (Yacht) Carina
    My second effort, an Aeronaut Bella. (8/10)
    (Other) Gwylan
    This was my first attempt at building a model boat, decided that model boat building would be a suitable hobby for a lady of 85, no longer fit enough to sail real boats. (8/10)
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    1 day ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Hi Doug, think you are talking about Bedfordshire Clangers. I've never made them but I was fed one once years ago. It is the traditional farm labourer's food of Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties. It's like a long pasty, two thirds of the filling is savoury, meat and potatoes and the other third is sweet, such as apples and cinnammon. Any variation of filling is quite acceptable. The idea is a whole meal in one item.

    Good for the waistline I believe! Nerys
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    πŸ“ New projects
    2 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    As far as new projects are concerned, I'm beginning to wonder how many boats I'll build before we can go and sail them again. I finished a crash tender about a fortnight ago. I am well into a Stumpy rigged Thames barge and will probably build a Dutch barge next. Then what, who knows. All depends on this isolation thing.

    Let's all hope, Nerys
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    3 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Corona was a make of 'pop', lorries used to come round the streets selling it. Many people had regular orders and that would be delivered. Driver wore a peaked cap emblazoned 'Corona' O that it was still thus.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    4 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    As I was writing about a fictitious quasi naval unit, Doug, I saw no reason why I should not use fictional places and was pointing out that even the great Dylan Thomas did such things and Traeth Gwag could on my fictional coast be somewhere near another fictional place, Llaregub.

    Let's try and have some fun in these 'orrible times.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    4 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Doug. Traeth Gwag is a few miles along the coast from Llanreggub. Doubt if you'll find it on Google Earth or even any charts. Needs local knowledge.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    4 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    No Doug, I wasn't off course and I know the Hollowshore, at the confluence of Faversham and Oare creeks that you are talking about extremely well, but this was Traeth Gwag which is as real a place as the rest of my post. It's called artistic licence. After all Dylan wrote about Llanreggub.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    4 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    There is another translation Doug, it also means hollow which comes from the original Holy. My translation of Traeth Gwag in modern language would be Hollow Shore.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    5 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Boris told us this evening that we must stay at home, but can go out once a day for exercise. He also said that parks would remain open. If I choose to drive to the park where the lake is, sail my boat for a little while, then drive home again does that comply with his instructions?

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    5 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    To Fleet Admiral, RNHQ Munchen
    From Capt. Nerys, Bristol Channel Patrol.

    Report of activity 23rd March 2020

    Patrol Boat was released back to Bristol Channel Patrol by dockyard following completion of refit Friday 20th March.

    On my inspection am Friday, Leading Seaman Prydderch informed me that his home coastal village of Traeth Gwag was completely out of toilet rolls and his mother who ran the local shop had a consignment on order from a Cardiff wholesaler who were unable through lack of transport, to deliver for another week. I decided that this was a situation where we could help. I despatched the yard transport with a couple of hands to the wholesaler, collected the consignment, loaded them on board and sailed this afternoon in order to arrive at the quayside in Traeth Gwag when there would be sufficient water to get alongside. Wind was South East force 3 slight sea, good visibility. Arrived 17-30, horse and cart on quay for transporting goods to shop. Required two loads. Efusive thanks from shopkeeper who presented ship's company with six bara brith loaves and a box of Welsh Cakes as a thank you present. Returned to base securing at 22-30.

    Capt. Nerys
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    5 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    see original Night Watch thread
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    8 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Has anyone had experience of shopping on line currently. Thought it might be the answer to this isolation business. First looks, I think Morrisons might suit me best, but I'd like to hear the experience of others.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Martin, That's what I thought, but it's not quite as easy as that. No doubt I'll achieve some sort of result in due course, but much of the rest of today will be spent in the hospital and I may not feel up to it when I get home tonight, or I might work on my current boat project instead.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    I realised that this was a completely new thing I was trying and didn't expect to do anything sensible on a first effort. I am experienced in general modelling with polymer clay, in fact it was a nice part of my income some years ago but the techniques for this are so different. I certainly haven't given up but I really appreciate the hours of practice that the Youtubers must have put in.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    I had a bit of a go with the 3D pen last night and decided that it is far from easy. It's going to take a lot of practice to be able to make anything to any degree of useability. I am even more impressed by the Youtube videos I've watched.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    My grandson and his GF are in , I think, the Phillipines at the end of a year in Oz, NZ, Thailand etc.Haven't heard recently, but I do wonder when or if they'll get home.

    Nerys
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    9 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    This over 70's self isolation/ stay at home business is all very well, but I'm still expected to go to the hospital for dialysis three times a week and in my opinion, I'm more likely to catch something there than anywhere else.

    Nerys
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    9 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Doug, nous avons achete de la brioche nature, de la brioche chocolat et des madeleleines.

    Nid wyf erioed wedi gwneud bara ond yn ami yn neud bara brith.

    Iechyd dda, Nerys.
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    10 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    We went out on Tuesday evening to do a normal weekly shop, bearing in mind what we had heard and seen on TV about panic buying.

    It was a bit late, we usually do leave it until late evening, so there weren't many people around, as I had hoped, but the shelves were horribly bare. Reminded me of Moscow shops in the communist days. There was no bread at all, limited choice of milk, always buy a 6 pinter, but the biggest available was 2. Toilet rolls, choice of one variety, being put on the shelves, we were down to our last three rolls at home. Very little choice of meat, in fact nothing I went out for apart from a shoulder of lamb. No cooking oil. No potatoes and nothing I wanted in frozen veg. Had to make up with cake and biscuits.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Open day
    10 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Think that's a wise move to cancel Open Day as things are are at the moment Ken. If, hopefully, things improve, we will be able to reinstate it later in the summer.

    I shall use my discretion but might well pay the odd visit to the lake at non official sailing times to keep my hand in and try out new boats as they roll off the stocks. I'm sure the odd dog walker will steer a wide course.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    11 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Reverting to 3D pens. I ordered from Amazon on Sunday night. Not wanting to pay Β£4.99 delivery to get it Thursday, I opted to receive it Friday with free delivery. Acknowledgement said, 'delivery Wednesday'. It arrived Tuesday midday.
    Haven't tried it yet, had hospital visit for treatment from 16-30 to 23-15. Hope I'll feel up to it Wednesday. Watch this space.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    12 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Thanks Martin, Having watched the Youtube efforts of the experts, I'm not anticipating instant success because it appears to be a technique completely different from anything I have ever done before, though a few years ago I was using polymer plastic very successfully. However, with all this advice on staying at home for the over 70's, seems I might have plenty of time for practice over the next few months. Just had an email to say it's being delivered today so we'll be finding out soon.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Putting her aside for later..
    12 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Whether you've given up on this boat for time being or not Cash, I think she has lovely lines. Hope you do finish her sometime.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    12 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    I've ordered one off Amazon, decided to take a chance and go more or less mid range. I'm paying Β£70 with an extra selection of filament plus a silicon work mat. Delivery scheduled for Wednesday. Then the fun starts.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Crane for the RAF Crash Tender
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    EdH, I did likewise with the hook, just used the hook part. As far as the crane is concerned, I will have another go at it. Have you read the post about 3D pens and what could be done with one?. I was inspired to order one and after initial learning how to use it, one of my first projects will be a crane for the crash tender. If that fails, I'll find a few bits of brass and ask Alice to use her excellent soldering skills to make one up.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Crane for the RAF Crash Tender
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    That's great for those capable of doing that sort of metal work. I'm not. I bought the crane kit from Slec and I'm afraid I was very disappointed with it, perhaps it was my effort at putting it together, but I decided not to use it in the end.

    Nerys
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    πŸ“ 3D Pens
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    It looks brilliant, that motorbike is fantastic but can anyone give some advice on what pen to buy. On Amazon they seem to be from Β£80 down to Β£20 and on Ebay Β£5 up to Β£20. I looked at a Youtube advising what one to buy, but they were all American models. Can see all sorts of possibilities for boat bits.

    Nerys
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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    14 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    I hope so too Richard. That's a nice trip you did, Whitstable holds many happy memories for me. We did the Swansea to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island trip a couple of years ago. Also, my club, Vale of Glamorgan MBC had thoughts of a club trip outing on her if she does return to service this year. Let's all hope so.

    All the best, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    15 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Waverley entered drydock on March 2nd for her annual refit and hull painting. Some additional work will be done prior to the boilers being refitted.

    Her outline programme for the year has also been announced, starting on the Clyde, late May until August 30th, then going to the Bristol Channel, South Coast and Thames before returning to the Clyde for October 17th and 18th.

    Although, I sincerely hope she will carry out this programme, I do wonder if the coronavirus will lead to a part or even full cancellation of this and other events planned for her.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ“ Scissors
    16 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Having been involved in the handicraft business for a good number of years, decent scissors are something that figured high on the list of necessities. I always found that scissors made by a firm called Fiskars were way above any other make . They could be relied upon to actually cut unlike so many of their counterparts.

    Cheers, Nerys.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Thames Sailing Barge 'Stangate'
    16 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Thanks Cash, I love building Thames Barges, they've been a passion, or at least, real ones have, for a good many years and that is reflected into my models. I've already started the next one but she is a going to be a swim headed stumpie, an older style that died out by about the 1930's. They have a swim headed bow and a budget stern, not unlike the dumb barges, lighters, that were a huge part of the 'over the side' unloading system of the Port of London in days gone by. The rig too is different, in not having a topsail. I'll get round to photos sometime.

    All the best to our Western outpost, Nerys
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