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ShipbuilderMN last won the day on April 17 2015

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  1. Clyde Puffer

    Great job, and your propeller method was very effective as well. I always wondered why they put the wheelhouse behind the funnel in many puffers. The first ship that took my interest was the puffer Arran Rose, lying derelict in a small dock at Rothesay in the 1950s. At that time there were quite a few around Rothesay, Gaul, Goth, Texan, Roman to name but a few. They were often seen loaded with torpedoes for the submarine depot ship HMS Adamant out in the bay. Bob
  2. Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2, Otaki 1:450

    If it has enough water, it will most likely sail in a huge circle. and come back to more-or-less where it began. But you can always put R/C in it if you want! Bob
  3. The end of my sea career

    She was supposed to be withdrawn a year ago, but go the extra year's reprieve. Ending date in now 15th Feb, 2018. Bob
  4. The end of my sea career

    No they haven't fixed it. It was never unuseable, but the first few large aircaft that landed there experiemced a lot of wind shear, and the landings were difficult, and even considered dangerous by some of the pilots. After a lot of messing about, they finally settled on much smaller aircraft that don't need such a long runway, and they even experimented with landing in the opposite direction. Considering the excercise was meant to get rid of the ship, and thereby save a lot on the shipping subsidy. it doesn't appear to have been a very good deal. Thei airport cost over £250m to build, they could probabaly have built three new ships for that amount. the penny eventually dropped that if the island wanted a thousand tons of cement, it could not come by air. They have had to obtain a small 2nd hand ship called the Helena, to carry heavy cargo, and 12 passengers. We will just have to wait and see what happens next. I first went on the the St. Helena run in 1974 aboard the Union Castle liner RMS Good Hope Castle, in which I spent two years. Then I spent 11 years in the original St. Helena, and my final two years at sea in the new St. Helena. Merchant ships have been out of fashion for some time now, but I am pretty sure they will soon find out what they have lost! It was the British gvenrment's decision to get rid of the shipping service. It didn't affect me, as I left in late 1992, long before everything unravelled! Bob
  5. The end of my sea career

    I should add that to get ashore, you have to climb down a verical pilot ladder, and jump into one of the small cargo lighters. Once you are in it, you have to wait patiently until it is full up with cargo, they you go bouncing and rolling to the small harbour, where you then have to jump on to a vertical iron ladder to get ashore. No problem if you are young and "fleet as a mountain goat," but if you are getting on a bit, no easy matter! Bob
  6. The end of my sea career

    If you want to go to Trstan da Cunha, there is no choice at all - it would have to be by sea! The weather can be dreadful if you don't pick the right time of year. There is very little there anyway. No hotels or anything, and not a great deal to do. I enjoyed our calls, but it was only for two days at the most, and we generally timed it in the good weather season. Here is a view from the anchorage - this is all there is! Bob
  7. The end of my sea career

    They didn't go to Tristan all that often anyway, usually about one a year. I have been a few times. Tristan is generally looked after by South African ships and research vessels. You can read the St. Helena weekly newspaper online every week that will keep you informed of the schedule and air fares etc. The online newspaper is free of charge! http://www.sams.sh/L2_sentinel.html I believe the flights will go between St Helena and Johannesburg, down to Windhoek and Cape Town, quite expensive as well. The ship was steady as a rock and about a million times more comfortable than an aircraft, with good food thrown in. I will never go there again, in fact I will never fly anywhere again - with me, the sea wins every time - but tthat is progress, and must be endured! Bob
  8. The end of my sea career

    Between early 1961 and late 1992, I sailed in 19 different ships. Only one now remains of the whole 19, and it is now scheduled to be disposed on in Febraury 2018, to be replaced by an aircraft! The relentless march of technology. "Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away!" I only found this out a few minutes ago. Here is the link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/st-helena-line-to-withdraw-rms-st-helena-from-service-and-seeks-buyer-for-vessel/ Bob
  9. Looking for correct category

    I would be inclined to put it in "Tools & Tips!" After all. a work space and even a shelf is a "tool of the trade!" If they don't like it - they will soon say so, but I don't see any problem myself! Bob
  10. British four-masted barque

    The British four-masted barque Clan Galbraith, completed in 1894. This was one of the last large sailing ships built in British yards for British owners. Only a few more were built after that, the last British square-riggers coming out in 1907. The port braces have been left off to stop it from being too cluttered. The "ports" did not conceal guns, they were just painted on and purely decorative. Very few models of this type of ship are now produced. Bob
  11. Coastal Steamer

    After they discontinued the quarterly Model Shipwright, they went on to produce an annual, starting with Shipbuilder 2010, but after Shipbuilder 2013 came out, John Bowen finally resigned as editor, being in his late 90s, and they never produced any more. I believe Warship continues, but as I only deal with merchant ships, that was the end of my long association with Model Shipwright that had begun in the mid 1970s! 100 feet to 1 inch was always rather too small for me, and my favourite scale has been 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). For anyone interested, I run a group on Facebook called Merchant Ships In Miniature, that currently has 142 members, and some quite good builds in it - all merchant ships of course! Lots of the models are of modern ships, but a few old "dinasaurs" like myself prefer to stick to pre-1960s ships. Bob
  12. Coastal Steamer

    I haven't got that book, but assume it is one by John Bowen, I do have the others. Such books are now appearing for only a fraction of what they cost when new. Same with David MacGregor books. I never met John Bowen, but we corresponded over many years when he was editor of Model Shipwright and I wrote for them on a regular basis. He died recently at the age of 99, and Conway then abandoned their ship model publications - it is all pretty much "washed up" now as far as traditional scratchbuilding is concerned - kits rule supreme, and sometimes I think their day is numbered as well with 3D printers creeping in and printing models at the touch of a button! Bob
  13. Coastal Steamer

    I doubt it. I am doing very little model shipbuidling these days. It is far too stressful, with collectors forever wanting them and pushing me to build more. I am doing more drawing and writing than anything else, because I enjoy it, and it is so unpopular, no-one ever bothers me to write more, or draw more! Bob
  14. Coastal Steamer

    The good ship Helen Craig, of Belfast, that ran on a regular service from Belfast to Preston for 68 years, after which she was scrapped in 1959. Bob
  15. Belle of Lagos - trading barque

    Tinned copper, blackened with a broad-tipped permanent marker pen - Bob