The Tall Ships and Other Projects

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2. 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.
My first attempt at shipbuilding
was a 32-gun ship I called a frigate.
The frigate doubled
the number of mid-
sections to six...
and was a wonderful
vessel upon which to
whet my appetite!
The U.S.S. Constitution was
built in Boston in 1798 and served
well in the War of 1812.
"Old Ironsides" had 30 24-
pound cannon which helped
her defeat the Guerriere and
Java. My model has but 26.
The three longboats and the sail
configuration are among my
favorite features of this historic
warship.
The 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...
Until a lighted candle started
her afire in 1696. My model
sports just 44 cannon, but is
pretty formidible nontheless!

 

3. 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 intriguing.

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.

Their 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
and stern)
A typical Viking
longboat
Intricate cravings
on the stern
My longboat utilizes
5 mid-hull sections
It has 22 oars for propulsion in
addition to the sail
The stern has both the
rudder and the anchor
The longboat is currently manned by
26 Vikings
A small boat is
available
Drink and hot food are available for
the long trips

 

4. Other projects will eventually be placed here
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