exwafoo Posted April 18, 2016 Report Share Posted April 18, 2016 The European Association of Ships in Bottles has been asked by the Royal Yacht Association to support the British Olympic Sailing Team at this year’s Olympiad by providing some SIBs with team members’ signatures on the sails, for use in the auction at the ‘Sail for Gold Ball’ in July – no pressure then. (http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/sailforgold/ball/Pages/default.aspx). I’m the archivist for EASIB, so I’m going to do my best to support this. I said I’d do a build log, so here goes. Timescales are tight so finding a subject to SIB was the task. I’m not particularly keen on anything modern, so I settled on a small West Country Trading Ketch, the Bessie of Barnstaple, Devon, built in Pembroke in 1900 and lost in the Mediterranean about 1947. These vessels were the equivalent of the modern HGV lorries, but before the advent of large, hard surfaced roads. There were hundreds of them, moving all kinds of cargo around the coast. I saw the following advantages: · A scale of about 1/200 – the bits are not too small · Plain hull shape · Reasonably simple deck layout o Wheelhouse o Cabin o Cargo hatch o Dolly winch o Fore companionway hatch o Windlass · Two masts, Main and Mizzen · Two booms, Main and Mizzen · Two gaffs, Main and Mizzen · Only 4 sails, Main Mizzen and 2 staysails – mainsail large enough for a signature · Reasonably simple rigging Disadvantages: · Too wide for a one piece hull and the neck of the bottle , so it’s a split hull – I’ve never used this method before. I decided to do two, one a test piece and the other the ‘real’ one, then I realised once I had all the tools and materials in one place for that particular build stage, it was as quick to do a ‘spare’ as well. I decided to do two, one a test piece and the other the ‘real’ one, then I realised once I had all the tools and materials in one place for that particular build stage, it was as quick to do a ‘spare’ as well. So, I’ve made 3 hull blanks. Hull shaped and deck recess cut out Deck laid; it was a working vessel so I think a bit of unevenness in the caulking is acceptable I'll update as I get more done. Incidentally, I printed out the mainsail (4 copies in case of accident) and sent them off for signature. Havn't had them back yet. I following DSiemens build with interest. Bernard Kelly, John Zuch, Gwyl Blaser and 6 others 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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