Felt Like A Change

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Re: Felt Like A Change

Post by shipbuilder » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:06 am

I don't believe the image above is the Seeadler! By the start of the Great War, square-riggers were finding it very hard to compete against steam, and the stump t'gallant rig was for economic reasons, by not have royals and the associated rigging. Seeadler was posing as a down-at-heel sailing ship, eking out a bare living. Why would the Germans add royas and make her look more prosperous? In recent years, interest in ships such as these has fallen to an all-time low, and probably they all look the same to kit manufacturers and modellers alike, so they just produced plans of what they thought was correct, safe in the knowledge that "no-one would notice!" They got their hands on Pass of Balmaha, why would they waste money extending the masts and fitting royals. As they put in an engine, it would have had nothing to do with speed.
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Re: Felt Like A Change

Post by Aussie048 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:41 am

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I am enjoying this to, just having a read. Learning a bit here and there. I started playing with model ships in my retirement and like to play with a piece of wood. For me to go into history and read and read and read would be to much for me. I would not take it all in. In bits and pieces like this is great for me to learn a bit at a time.

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Re: Felt Like A Change

Post by shipbuilder » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:26 am

Further to the Seeadler topic. When the Pass of Balmaha was built, she did have royals, but these were removed, as I said, for economic reasons. One of the reasons for these ships falling into obscurity, is the almost universal reluctance to read about them, despite the fact that merchant ships, sail steam, or diesel had inifinitely more interesting histories than warships. One sea battle is pretty much like another, and in between, it is just a boring round of drills and discipline! Here is a FREE dowload with a constructional and historical articles, complete with plans for a miniature Thames River tug. http://payhip.com/b/krO6 The synopsis that can be viewed by simply clicking the link, has been read by 5,082 people in about a year, but only 285 of them were sufficiently interested to download the document, despite it being completely free! I have since produced about one a month, but after the first issue (above) they are priced at £1.49 each, via Paypal, but the readership has settled down to about five people per issue, who absolutely love them! Every issue contains at least one ship plan, plus various constructional articles!
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