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A little while ago I saw, possibly at a show, one of those high speed, go fast things. If memory serves, it was about 60cms long and was available in several different colourways and that fact, I think, is the most memorable thing about it and possibly the only way I'll identify it. I think it was a bare hull and deckhouse moulding. It's not for me! I want one for a present for someone who saw it with me and liked it. She can't remember the name either. I know that's precious little to go on, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd be most grateful.
I was thinking of external ballast, but if the bulb and fin has been used successfully then by all means use it. I would think that it would have to be as streamlined as possible in order to make the least impedance, but as I have said, I know more about full sized craft than I do models.
Do you really need the bulb and fin? They are normally fitted to a shallow draft hull. A displacement hull like yours normally has ballast incorporated into the keel. If you think there is insufficient ballast at the moment, I'm sure you could find a way of attaching some extra, moulded onto the keel.
I know more about full size sailing vessels than I do models but Steve-D is quite correct in saying you need momentum in order to come about. The usual practice with a vessel with a long straight keel would be to let her pay off a little to get a bit more weigh on her, then sail her round slowly rather than putting the helm hard down. If she still got into irons, backing the foresails would help to bring her round. It wasn't unknown for a hard headed ship to let her pay right off, gybe her round, then come back on the wind on the other tack. I hope you won't have to resort to that.
I have an aged bedraggled copy of Edgar March's book, I acquired it about sixty years ago and whilst I think the text is one of the best on the subject and what illustrations there are, are very good, I am of the opinion that the illustrations in the Cooper/Chancellor book are more extensive. The barge plans in March are very good and I imagine can be blown up but I am referring to the depth of useful illustrations of construction and gear in Cooper/Chancellor that I consider so useful.
Unfortunately, you can't get the old one back, but, there is a way to load the basic HTML version of G mail and make this the default every time you log on. Whatever they do in the future the HTML version should always stay fairly basic and straight forward because it is there for low bandwidth/data rate connections. Log out of G Mail, log back in, quickly, when it is loading, click on 'load basic HTML version' in bottom right hand corner. You will then find that a version, very similar to the old will load. That's what my partner has done for me and so far it's working. Best of luck, I know how you feel.
I am afraid this does not answer your enquiry but is I think of general interest for anyone interested in Cobles. I was walking around Bridlington harbour yesterday and came across a mini museum devoted to cobles. It was only three small rooms but they were full of coble memorabilia. Several model cobles as well as other local fishing vessels and a local grab dredger. Numerous photos and other ephemera as well as various bits and pieces all to do with cobles. It's run by volunteers from the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. They also run an event called the Bridlington Sailing Coble Festival which is in July this year. There were a number of working cobles in the harbour as well as two beautifully preserved sailing cobles. As somebody interested in all traditional sailing/working craft, I found this little museum well worth visiting and thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Hi Doug, Very sorry, no photos, I was a teenager sailing dinghies in the Medway in the late forties when I saw Manxman and I don't think I even had a camera in those days. My father was on the staff of T.S. Arethusa ex "Peking" at Lower Upnor and we lived in a flat over the ship's swimming pool, right alongside the river. I had a wonderful view of Chatham Reach from my bedroom window. There were so many ships laid up in the Medway and adjoining creeks at that time., taking the wind from us as we raced our dinghies from the Medway Yacht Club. There were long trots of the wooden hulled inshore sweepers, numerous destroyera and all sorts of support craft, there was even an old coaling hulk in Sheerness Harbour, but I'm afraid the passage of time means I don't remember names. Manxman stuck in my mind though, being a little different. Those were the days when we had a navy!
Having read through this topic (and many others), I am always amazed by the wealth of information that Doug, RN in Munich, comes up with. Seems to me, that, any subject particularly if it is to do with Royal Navy ships, Doug can tell us. I applaud you! Incidentally, I remember seeing several of the old American four funnel destroyers laid up in Stangate Creek, River Medway in about 1947-48. About the same time, Manxman was moored to a buoy in the Medway, Sheerness Harbour. Nerys
There are many excellent books on Thames Sailing Barges, but for the modeller, I think 'Handbook of Sailing Barges' by F.S.Cooper and John Chancellor is one of the best. Fred Cooper was a well known Barge Skipper, John Chancellor, a former Merchant Navy Officer, lived with his family on the sailing barge Viper for many years. An accomplished artist, he illustrated this book with excellent line drawings of every aspect of the rig, deck fittings and construction details. There are usually copies for sale on Amazon and Abe Books. Nerys
Hi Doug, That's exactly the sort of information I wanted, many thanks. As you know, my sister and I have a personal interest in Peking, having spent many years with her, as Arethusa, being a background to our home and our father his entire teaching career on board her. Merry Christmas, Nerys
Thanks for that Ian. I know the story of Peking very well having had family connections with her for about fifty years, I was hoping that someone will have seen her in Hamburg and could give me a proper update on what is actually happening to her. Nerys
Yes, I knew that, I wondered if anyone had any more precise information than that. Has the restoration actually started and what is being done? I know the state of the hull was none too good before she left America, what's being done about that. Nerys
Does anyone know the present state of the sailing ship Peking? Built 1911 by Blohm and Voss for F. Laeisz of Hamburg, she was one of the last great Cape Horners. Peking became the training ship Arethusa, moored on the River Medway at Upnor in 1933 but was sold to the South Street Museum in New York in 1975. She was returned to Hamburg in 2017 to be completely restored. Does anyone know what progress has been made. I have seen photos of her arrival in Hamburg, but nothing beyond that. Nerys
[Score: 5/10] 25" Gwyneth Single Propellor Direct Drive - Comments: 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.
Good morning Doug. Forgot to say that in the photo of 368 unloading at Anzio, my father is the taller of the two figures with white cap covers standing on the ramp. This photo was the front cover of a magazine, I think it was called Defence published in 1944? Cheers, Nerys
Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames barge and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking' Fair winds, Nerys.
I have a hankering to build an LST and although I could probably build a reasonable representation from photos, I would like to get hold of some plans. There seem to be plans available for the smaller landing craft like LCTs and LCMs but nothing for LSTs, the only ocean going landing craft of WW2. Over a thousand were built, all in the USA, despite being a British conception, only 113 were actually built for the Royal Navy. They were 328 ft long with 50 ft beam and were fitted with ballast tanks, similar to submarine types to enable them to run well up onto a beach to unload their cargo of tanks and other vehicles. They only needed 3ft6ins water under the bow to beach. Doors opened and a ramp came down. Really they were the forerunners of the RoRo ferry. My interest in building one is because my late father, a Lieutenant Commander, RNR, captained LST 368. all through the North Africa, Sicily and Italian campaigns. Would be pleased to hear if anyone can help me locate plans. Cheers, Nerys.
I ceased work on the kit for a few days for my hands to recover and am now using blue nitrile gloves. I am using Revell Contacta Professional glue. Since resuming work, I have had no problems - so far, so good! I can't see that fumes come into the equation unless the styrene is being heated. Nerys
I started this post hoping to get advice on allergic reaction to modelling with styrene but it seems to have turned into soldering problems. I'd really like to know if anybody else has had any trouble with styrene and how they coped with it. Fair winds, Nerys
I started building a dutch coaster recently from a kit which is all plastic and styrene. I have no experience of using these materials. Progressing reasonably well but am finding that my fingers are becoming very sore, splitting and losing top layer of skin. Lips are swelling too. I can only guess this is a reaction to the styrene and would like to know if anybody else has this problem and how they get round it apart from stopping the build. Any help will be gratefully received. Regards, Nerys