Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
We were about 90% complete on the logistical miracle to get her to Norfolk, including trans-Pacific shipping... but we ended up being simply too late to save her.
The builder's plate is on its way to the NHS Dockyard via USPS. I asked that it be saved and sent along - we can add it to the Wall of Shame, right up there with the sprung leeboard and broken spars.
So it's day three of the great Motor Whaleboat chase. She's still in Guam, though moved from the open lot to a warehouse. The dumpster waiting to take her away in pieces remains only a few yards away. No new developments despite plenty of hard work.
Work continues on the 25-foot Launch. This week we've started laminating frames, soaking them and bending them over the forms, a few good whacks with a rubber mallet (nicknamed "the Commander") to drive it into place tight against the keel, then clamping it down along the whole length. There are a lot of random shouts of "yeah, baby" in the evolution.
The whole process has been designed to mimick the sawn frames of the original boats, with a significant weight savings (the Launch will be trailered, after all) and increased strength where possible. The futtocks are being laminated from fir strips, slathered in epoxy and laid up on the molds. There is no spring back because of the large number of lifts in each frame, but there is a lot of thickened epoxy to wipe up afterward.
No weekly meeting tonight as the shop is rigged for frame installation. After all this time, its finally earning its nickname "Framing Bay". Next week we will get back to the regular weekly meetings and activities.
There is a new Event Schedule posted on Facebook. The website will be updated soon (I'm told). For August, the sailors and marines are split, with our end of summer party in September out at Hyco Lake. All of these events are trying to shoot for one day participation - we'll save those where we ask for your whole weekend for the BIG events. Point is, your voices have been heard so keep speaking up!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Well, it is time again for Fullbore Friday. Yes, yes, I know its a cheap rip off from CDR Salamander but his are way better anyway. Besides, my shenanagins are cheeky and fun... nevermind. Studies have statistically shown that 9 out of 10 people don't get these references.
Smoking, and tobacco use in other forms, is undoubtedly a common habit among modern Navy sailors. In fact, it's pretty common throughout the armed services. That's not to say it's a good idea to start, or that this trend should continue. And in all seriousness, there are many in NHS who should quit eh-hem... yeah. It is your legal right, and you are free to choose, but there is no mistaking the irreparable damage you are doing to your body, and hence a vital piece of miltary equipment, when you choose to light up.
Now I know that many Sailors pick this habit up before they enter the military. Many have parents or other outside influuences that promote the habit, actively or passively. But the culture of the modern Navy - where smoke decks are regular places of temporary refuge and even unofficial business transactions - can do little to correct the situation. Just know that smoke decks are dangerous places - and not only for the company.And for those of us who feel that smoking doesn't impede our work, we should take a quick look at all the time we spend "thinking things over" while puffing away. The Launch would probably be done by now, if not for the frequent breaks. Unfortunately I know what happens when I curtail those...
Okay I've completed another Friday entry. Some of it was funny. If you are a smoker, you need to SERIOUSLY CONSIDER taking steps to quit. The Navy's tobacco cessation course is actually quite thorough, and might be able to help you. Think about it, that's all I ask. I am.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Welcome back to regularly scheduled programming. The Pirate Abuse Festival is done and over and we can happily return to our normal activities. Work on the 25-foot Launch continues this week with wrapping up lamination of the last lifts on her keelson. This weekend, we will begin laminating frames, on schedule (for now!).
BTSome fun was had in Hampton this weekend, though the intense heat and busy schedule managed to do in most people by Saturday afternoon. Friday evening was pure chaos, the likes of which we've never seen in the worst calamities. For those in our crew that this was your first event in costume, I appologize - the experience is not typical of reenacting type events. On the positive side - we had a great sail from Norfolk to Hampton, did get to expend a great deal of powder, and I don't think any of the other boats present had as much time underway on Saturday. We might also be the only other crew to go alongside and board the Kalmar Nyckel.
Penalties for deserters last Friday night have been suspended by order of the powers that be, so don't worry about showing up at Wednesday's meeting or any thereafter. Not what I would have opted for, so my wrath is still in effect.
This week's meeting will involve a little cleaning and free food. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
All week we've been recieving shipments of supplies and material in preparation for the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, which starts a week from tomorrow. For those who haven't been out to the Dockyard, here's a quick summary of some of the things now floating around:
2 flintlock pistols
5 flintlock muskets
68 blank rounds for flintlock muskets, allocated for training
3 boarding pikes
1 light gun, 3 pdr
1 bell, brass 10"
1 30 minute glass on hanging bracket
10 straw sailor hats
8 tarred sailor hats
6 pair white fall-front trousers
9 sailor shirts, nondescript
300 feet 5/8" manilla line
8 lbs tarred marline
16 snap shackles, assorted sizes
3 navy-type boat anchors, PVC coated
2 danforth boat anchors, with chain rodes
2 "Grand Union" British Flags
We are still waiting on the following shipments:
10 blue sailor jackets
12 ribbon tallies, embroidered
8 pr sailor slops
400 blank rounds for flintlock firearms, for use at festival
600 passes declaring bearer "not a pirate, free to pass"
50 passes declaring bearer "known pirate, hang when captured"
We don't remember what happened to the case of porn.
BTThe Monomoy Pulling Boat is ready for sea in all respects...