The Tall Ships and Other Projects
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My Tall Ships I built
ships for a brief period of months in 1990 following the
appearance of Lego's #6285 Black Seas Baracuda (see right).
This was not only a good looking little ship, but the
hull came in sections [bow, 3 mid and stern] which
immediately lent to the notion of stringing more mid-sections
together to make longer ships. As usual, the rest is
history: From September to November 1990 I obsessed about
ships - searching the local library for books of historic
galleons, frigates, merchant ships, warships, etc. The
results of those exciting months are shown below. I
visited the local fabric store and bought sailcloth so I
could make my own "authentic" sails.
attempt at shipbuilding
was a 32-gun ship I called a frigate.
the number of mid-
sections to six...
|and was a
vessel upon which to
whet my appetite!
built in Boston in 1798 and served
well in the War of 1812.
Ironsides" had 30 24-
pound cannon which helped
her defeat the Guerriere and
Java. My model has but 26.
longboats and the sail
configuration are among my
favorite features of this historic
Sovereign of the Seas was
built for Charles I of England in
1637 for £65,586, a huge sum
in those days, but...
|It was the
largest ship in the
world at 172' long and with a
beam of 46'. Her 100 cannon
rendered her unbeatable...
lighted candle started
her afire in 1696. My model
sports just 44 cannon, but is
pretty formidible nontheless!
Viking Longboat Well, it took
almost 16 years, but Lego Group finally got me again -
introducing a group of sets in late 2005 featuring
Norseman fighting dragons. While the concept was pretty
hokie to me (at age 63), the Vikings were a very
important influence in Northern Europe for several
centuries, particularly from about 793 to 1050, and the
smallish Viking longboat in set #7018 [see right] was
The Vikings from Norway and Denmark played a large role as invaders, but were also traders and settlers, founding York in England and Dublin in Ireland. They founded the strong Kingdom of Normandie in Northern France, becoming powerful enough to conquer England in 1066 under King William. Vikings from Sweden founded Kiev in Russia.
ships were flat bottomed and thus able to sail far up
many rivers, extending their influence far beyond the
coastlines. Decorations were as intricate and delicate as
the Norsemen were fierce. The last two pictures below are
illustrative of a typical Viking longboat.
|Vikings at sea||A Lego
hull section (both bow
on the stern
5 mid-hull sections
|It has 22
oars for propulsion in
addition to the sail
has both the
rudder and the anchor
longboat is currently manned by
hot food are available for
the long trips
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