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January 2022 Volume 12 number 1


News, Tips and Happenings
100 newsletters!
That's right. This is my 100th newsletter. My first one was October of 2013, which meant that September 2021 was newsletter #96 (12 x 8 = 96) Add another 4 months, and January 2022 is #100!
I want to thank all the people who have written in with tips, workbenches, models and jokes. It makes my job so much more interesting, easy, and diversified. KEEP 'EM COMING!
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 40,000 ship modelers. Topics range from kits to scratch builds, in-process continuing stories, tips, manufacturer information, technical topics. Too many to list here. Go take a look!
A request
From: Kathy Edwardi <>

Subject: Boat supply’s

My husband was a boat builder from scratch he was published several times he passed away recently and I have at least 30 unopened packages of boat hulls Plus wood tools, plans to build more boats he built the Andrea Gail he’s been published several times if anybody is interested in obtaining any of my supplies please contact me Kathy Edwardi 609-425-1171 thank you
Nautical terms and origins
Adze - Long handled cutting tool, the blade of which is at right angles to the haft. It was originally a ship-building tool, possibly as early as the V century by the Vikings. The word came to us from the Anglo-Saxon adesa, of the same meaning.

Cable Laid - In rope days on big ship[s,heavy lines, such as shrouds and hawsers, were usually made of three three-strand ropes, the cable being of opposite lay, or twist, tot he components.

Manger - Now a foredeck breakwater; earlier it had the same function but below. It was abaft the hawseholes, which were on a lower deck. The origin of the word in its nautical meaning is obscure; it appears to have come from Middle English, and from the French mangeoire, manger, farm style.

Rack - (1) On earlier sailing ships, a framework at the bow, fitted with sheaves as fairleads for lines to the headsails. The word comes from Middle English. (2)A nickname for a bunk on a naval vessel (which in some ships isn't much ore than that.)

Information is from the book "Origins of Sea Terms" by John G. Rogers
copyright 1985 Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. and available from BlueJacket. 
Model of the Month - Lobster boat
"Nic, thought you might like to see my finished display.
Terry M"
Real Boat Names
Let's see YOUR workbench
From Guy B. of ME:

Hi Nic,
 Here's my work bench, just put the last plank on the KEARSARGE. 
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - Al passed the Ellie Mara to me for rigging. Here the standing rigging is done. The backstay deadeyes are our smallest ones, 3/32" diameter.
Al's bench - Al has passed the Ellie Mara over to me for rigging, so now he's back on the Wyoming. Garbord strake attached, along with the sheer plank and a few others. Much of the planking will be 1/16" x 1/2" - several of the bulkheads are 1/4" so planks can be butt joined on them.
Something Fun
Event at the assisted living center

The people who live there had small apartments but they all ate at a central cafeteria. One morning one of the residents didn't show up for breakfast so my wife went upstairs and knocked on his door to see if everything was OK. She could hear him through the door and he said that he was running late and would be down shortly, so she went back to the dining area.

An hour later he still hadn't arrived, so she went back up towards his room but found him on the stairs. He was coming down the stairs but was having a hard time. He had a death grip on the railing and seemed to have trouble getting his legs to work right. She told him she was going to call an ambulance but he told her no, he wasn't in any pain and just wanted to have breakfast. So, she helped him the rest of the way down the stairs and he had his breakfast. When he tried to return to his room, he was completely unable to get up even the first stair step, so they called an ambulance for him.

A couple of hours later she called the hospital to see how he was doing. The receptionist there said he was fine, he just had both his legs in one side of his boxer shorts.

(Maybe you can send this to your children so they don't sell the house before knowing all the facts.)
Tip of the Month -
This tip is from Mike C. of TX

 A use for a Jorgenson clamp. Won't dent your work.

Blatant Publicity
A Final Thought...
Hard to believe 100 newsletters. Again I want to thank all the people who send things in to me, it really helps a lot.
Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters