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Studding Sails

Studding Sails

A studding sail, or stun’sl(pronounced stuns’l /ˈstʌnsəl/) is an extra sail on a square rigged vessel for use in fair weather. It is set outside the square sails, using stun’sl booms which run out along the yards.
It is named by appending the word studding to the name of the working sail alongside which it is set, for example, “fore topsail studdingsail”

The origins of studding sails are relatively uncertain. The earliest reference is in 1655, but precise information on how these early examples were rigged is unknown. It is not until 1790 that this is available. Some changes in the detail of design and usage occurred over succeeding years.

All ordinary working square-rigged vessels were usually fitted out to set stun’sls by the start of the 19th century. This started to change in the last quarter of the 19th century. As steamers took over routes and cargoes that needed fast passages, sailing vessels competed by being able to cut costs much more easily. Crew sizes were reduced, so there were fewer experienced hands to set and take in stun’sls. Any ship which pressed on in rising winds risked breaking a stun’sl boom or damaging sails–if the owner had all or some of the stun’sls sent ashore, there was less to break and these repair costs avoided. Clippers on the routes to China continued to race against each other with large crews and full suits of sails (which included stun’sls) until they also had their trade taken over by steamers in the years following the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. As these ships took other routes, most of them had the same economies applied.
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False Keel

Laying out the False Keel. I noticed that there was a good amount of Warping in the wood, especially in the Stern section.

Laying out the False Keel
Warping in the wood

I applied Dap Weldwood Contact Cement to the joints using a Q-Tip. Then you wait 5-10 minutes.

Applied Contact Cement
Clamping

I used Titebond Translucent Wood Glue to glue the support pieces on either side.

False Keel put together
Mast Slot done

The False Keel has a warp to it on the Stern end but I’m not worried about it.

Opening Up My Kit

I made this Video about opening up my Kit.

The Comment I made in the YouTube Video was this –

I bought this model back in January 2021. I am only just getting around to starting it. I bought it from Premier Ship Models based out of England. I bought it on January 3rd. It’s supposed to cost around $750 bucks but they had it for $445 plus $46 shipping. It took a little while to be delivered, which is okay because I wasn’t in any hurry. It was actually in back-order and I had to wait for the factory in Barcelona to put the kit together before Premier Ship Models sent it out to me.

The Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza is a galleon of Manila. These being the ships that covered the Spanish trips between the Philippines and America through the Pacific Ocean .

It was built in Cavite in 1731 and was enlisted in 1733, being the twin of the ship Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, which had a similar mission. She left on August 1, 1750, in Manila, under General Martinez de Faura. On August 28, 1750, the ship was overloaded with boxes of contraband in the port of San Jacinto (Island of Ticao) and departed on September 1, without anyone knowing more about her.

The ship had capacity for 22 guns of 18 pounds, 22 guns of 14 pounds, 6 guns of 10 pounds and 10 pedreros of 2 pounds. It was 34 meters long, 9.5 meters wide, had a draft of 5 meters, displaced a thousand tons and housed a crew of 460 men. At the time of his last departure he had 2 18-pounder guns in the first battery, 22 10-pounder guns in the second, 6 6-pounders in the quarterdeck and 10 pedreros in poop and castle. In 1733 the name was not given to the ships, so that instead of the name had a shield of the city of Manila.

The construction of this ship, based on plans and regulations established by JosT Antonio de Gaztaneta, took place in the Port of Cavite, in the Philippines, along with that of Nuestra. Sra. de Covadonga. Work began in 1731 and she was finally launched two years later in 1733. She had two bridges and a displacement of 1,000 tons, was fitted with 50 cannon as well as 10 swivel guns, mounted on quarter deck and forecastle. For twenty years she plied the route from Mexico to Manila and in 1750 underwent a complete refit in the Port of Cavite. In 1750, on her last voyage, she set sail from Manila bound for Acapulco. Despite being overloaded, and contrary to the opinion of both pilots and Master, her Captain insisted on weighing anchor at the beginning of September. En route for the Mariana Islands, in the Pacific, they began to have difficulties, after sailing into a heavy storm, and she sank taking all of her crew down with her.

Lower Ratlines

I’m now at the Ratlines stage. I would say that out of all the processes of Ship Building, this has probably got to be the most tedious. So, I just turn on some music to listen to while I do it.

Making the Ratlines
Clove Hitches straight across

I am not bothering with Fancy ties on the ends of the Ratlines.

Port side started
Lower Ratlines done