Sailing SC&H 1/24 scale square rigged ships
Sailing SC&H 1/24 scale square rigged ships
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Surprise on Lake Superior September 09. Shortened sail but really making way
Fleet sail on Grand Lake MN in September 09 with Dan L and his brig Syren and Don W with his top sail schooner HMS Pictou
Close view of HMS Pictou built and modified to this rig from an SC&H brig
Dan L brig USS Syren built from an SC&H brig kit but extensively modified to closely resemble the Syren
28 January 2009 I had to find out what sailing in ice was like
Here is Surprise ice bound but the wind was flakey and she soon backed out to open water. What a day--arthritis still hurts!
24 May 2008 and just learning to sail. I think it may have been one of these photos where Philip told me I was trying to sail with too much canvas.
Shortened sail on 12 January 2008 but heavy seas and a thrill a minute.
A friend from Nevada came to visit and we took Surprise out. The ship will sail faster than this bass baby chase boat will move.
I reworked my main course and topgallant yards, the forecourse and fore topgallant yards to this configuration and I was able to get a lot more yard rotation which allows me to sail closer to the eye of the wind.
24 May 2008 with too much canvas aloft but man would this thing move through the water!
13 November 2008 with the winds of November come early. There were a few times I thought of the Edmond Fitzgerald but sailed on anyway.
On the quarter deck looking forward
At the bow in very calm seas today
Aloft to adjust rigging
Aloft looking forward from the mizen
Light winds required all the sail in the locker to be hoisted
Royals and stuns'ls aloft and making very slow time back toward the launch area
Getting underway with the royals set
Driving hard on a starboard tack
The wonder of sail
Dan, this is what you will be seeing next time we have a fleet sail. The port side will be LOADED with carronades.
Sailing into the evening with near perfect weather
Making way with reduced sail
Sail by with a real bow wave
View of the new carronades on the quarterdeck mounted on slides
View of the quarterdeck with the new binnacle in place and secured to the deck
Those barrels poking out of the gun ports will be ready to deal with those brigs once they thaw out
Sailing today was chilly but extremly gratifying as this ship plows the water while beating windward.
Making way in heavy seas
Late morning allowed a little more sail
View of the new hammock crane and netting
A Minnesota bow wave
Hardly leaving a wake
Making way in Minnesota waters
Ah yes, a wonderful day to sail
Making way to the ice field
Not a whole lot of sea room but enough to make sailing interesting
Close up of the new anchor and forecastle deck
Making way with a nice profile on the sails
The sheets look great in this photo
Close up of the maincourse sheet and tack on the port side
The forecourse sail tack is a bit loose but any tighter it will not swing with the yard
Run by on the port side
Same on the starboard--the maincourse is not completely full in this photo
View of the ship really looking great with the billowing course sails
Closer view showing the main course sheet is not loosening up on the starboard side
No question they look better and more realistic
Some new hammock netting that I am trying to see if I like. I dunno yet
Sails rigged for light winds
Sailing can be a whole lot of fun here in the sunny south
View of the bows
Not making much headway
Just the right amount of sail
The rigging looks great but operation is difficult
Heavy seas because of the many boats on the water
Early afternoon winds were about 6
Royals are up
The seas were perfect
Later in the day I had to strike canvas to keep from healing over so much
It is amazing to me how fast this ship will sail even with reduced canvas
Late in the day
Port side carronade on the quarterdeck
Breach out of the barrel for cleaning and adjusting of the wire element
Flash paper used to set the powder off
Cutting the flash paper into 3/4 by 3/4 inch squares
Loading the flash powder into the cartridge before loading the powder
Loading a premeasured amount of powder into the cartridge
Loading the backer rod into the cartridge
Loading the carronade barrel with the cartridge
Beginning the rolling broadside
All 16 guns fired successfully
Imagine the fun setting up the guns for this!
The wet dock framed up
The 3 mil paint drop cloth installed and water being installed
Surprise lists slightly to port due to the guns and battery
Listing to port and down by the head 1/4-inch
Listing to port and down by the stern by 1/4-inch
6-3/4 pound ballast weight removed from the port side of the keel
Surprise is now level amidships and up at the bow by 3/16-inch.
Stern is down approximately 3/16-inch
General view of the ship after removing the ballast plate
Surprise running free and the crew minding their own business
Winds were fair and sailing free
Surprise comes upon a pirate vessel and ordered a surrender. The pirate could not strike her colors fast enough!
The pirate decided to abandon his ship and chose to take his wife's brand new camera with him. "Bring her around closer!"
This photo was taken just before the WIDELICK dunked his camera
The last thing the pirate saw in his view finder before he dunked his--er his wife's EXPENSIVE camera. She does not know it yet but I am sure she will find out.
This was not close enough? Come in closer says he in the water. UFFDA!
No Flat tire from Tractor Supply
Syren sighted, decks cleared for action aboard Surprise and Pictow
Syren running away from Surprise
Chasing Syren away from Pictow
Syren attempting to engage Pictow
Fleet sail with Pictow, Syren and Surprise
Fleet sail 2010
Fleet sail 2010
Captain Dan out with the tug to retrieve Syren after a blistering engagement at close range with Surprise. The 9 carronades on each side of Syren is no match for the 16 on Surprise.
Surprise closing on Syren to deliver a blistering close range rolling broadside
Pictow and captain Paul's schooner.
First mate scuttle from the Surprise
First mate having more fun than in the bass baby. Go figure!
The new Spectrum DX-9
There are more buttons and switches on this thing than I have fingers to play with them.
Dual battery connections completed
Port side view just after setting sail
An attempt to get a photo of the bow
The ship is really moving in this view
All the canvas she can handle today
Reduced sail and rough seas
Driving bows under
The head is awash much of the time
Nearly impossible to keep up with Surprise
Setting the ship up and securing the keel
Fishing boat upside down
The gathering of the strap hangers
Surprise moving in for a closer look
Lovely lines and a bluff bow
On a starboard tack
Running faster than the chase boat could keep up
Getting underway with reduced sail
Even with reduced sail this ship will plow water
Too hot to load guns but making tacks and wear all afternoon.
Moon light sail
Winds about 1-2 and perfect temperatures
It must have been something like this back in the day of wooden ships and iron men.
Getting underway in Manitowoc harbor
Headed for the open sea
Photo just before Surprise was knocked down
Damaged bow sprit after hitting the sea wall
Surprise being towed back
Packing Surprise back up
SS Badger--the last coal fired steam ferry on Lake Michigan and the EPA is insisting it be taken out of service because of the coal ash.
A beautiful view of Wisconsin receeding on the horizon.
Day's end with the course sails being struck
Surprise moving slowly through calm waters
Course sails struck and ready for the night
Sun setting and moon rising
Lookout to the tops
Course sails a bit loose at the sheets
Winds were perfect even if the sails and sailor was not.
I love the way this thing moves in the water
Sail by showing the course sails flopping about
Ear swab in the foremast heading for failure after one hour on the open sea
Gun barrel swab in the main mast, and note that it was near to failure when I took this photo.
Course sails set
Topsails set and sheeted up
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