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Midship Capstan

Just finished the Midship Capstan.

Capstan and the Bars in front of it

The capstan consisted of a timber mounted vertically through a vessel’s structure which was free to rotate. Levers, known as bars, were inserted through holes at the top of the timber and used to turn the capstan. A rope wrapped several turns around the drum was thus hauled upon. A rudimentary ratchet was provided to hold the tension. 

I found that I may have needed a bit more room on the deck but that’s ok.

Main Deck Scribing

I was looking at the Main Deck and I noticed that it had some black smudge marks from the #6B Pencil that I used to Scribe the edges of all the Deck Planks.

I’ve been reluctant to sand it because sanding will often ruin the scribing effect. I went ahead and sanded it anyway with a bit of 220 grit sandpaper.

As expected, the sanding gave it an uneven look… One part being sanded and the rest unsanded.

So, I took my toothbrush and I went over the Deck to get all the sawdust out. By doing this… it made it have a more even appearance.

The bit around the Mizzen Mast hole is where I sanded, then used my Toothbrush.

Different Parts of the Decks on Sailing Ships

A ship has a number of different types of decks which are located at different levels and places on the ship. Needless to say, every seafarer working on a ship should be aware of these decks.

Moreover, as there are various names to a generalised concept, it’s necessary for sailors to understand what each deck name and interpretation entails.

1. Poop Deck: Originating from the Latin term for a vessel’s stern-side – Puppis – the poop deck is located on the vessel’s stern. The poop deck is basically used by the vessel’s commanding superiors to observe the work and navigational proceedings. Technically, it is the deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the aft part of the superstructure of the ship.

2. Main Deck: As the name suggests, the main deck is the primary deck in any vessel. The main deck however is not the topmost deck in a vessel which is referred to as the weather deck. On sailing warships it is usually the deck below the upper deck.

3. Upper Deck: The deck that covers the hull of the vessel from its fore to its aft is the upper deck. It is the topmost deck on a ship. In all vessels, the upper deck is the biggest deck amongst all other decks.

4. Lower Deck: The deck located below the primary or main deck is the lower deck. Generally the lower deck comprises of more than one deck. It is just next to the lowest or orlop deck.

5. Promenade Deck: Promenade refers to taking a lazy stroll in a feasible place like a beach or a park. In a vessel, the promenade deck serves as a place for the voyagers to take a calming and enjoyable walk on the ship, while enjoying the beauty of the oceanic vista. It is generally the area around the superstructure. It can have open railings or can be enclosed in a glass.

6. Tween Deck:  ‘’tween’ is a colloquial abridging of the word ‘between.’ In a ship, the tween deck actually means an empty space separating or between (tween) two other decks in the hull of a vessel.

7. Flush Deck: The deck that extends without any constructional breaks from the frontal part of the ship to the aft is referred to as the flush deck. On such decks there is no raised forecastle or lowered quarterdeck.

8. Weather Deck: A deck that is not roofed and thus is open to the ever-changing weather conditions of the sea is referred to as the weather deck. It is the uppermost deck on the ship which is exposed to the environment.

Main Deck Planking – Forecastle

Here’s the Main Deck before I start…

Main deck

First thing in going to do is to remove the Bollard guides that come up from the Bulkheads.

Here’s a good Article about how to do it at Modelers Central…

One thing you have to do with deck planks to simulate the caulking that’s in between each plank using like a number 6 b pencil and what you do is you get a few and then you scribe a bunch of them at once. I’d say maybe you like 5 80 mm long planks and just put them on a clip and just use a pencil across them all. I made the mistake of doing it one at a time and it’s better to get a bunch at once.

1st Row done
I’m debating to leave this little gap in the Waterway… Hmmm… 🤔

Main Deck Bollards

I’m beginning the Bollards on the Main Deck. It does break up in the middle between Bulkheads 5 and 9.

Planking Main Deck Bollard Port Side

I kind of forgot about not gluing the Bollard Supports that come up the sides as guides. These are always meant to come off before Planking the Deck.

Shouldn’t glue in to these
Port Side Bollards done
Starboard side pre sanding down Fore and Aft Bollards

Main Deck

Here’s the Main Deck being glued on to the supports.

Almost ran out of Clamps!!!
View from Stern

I can’t believe the instructions actually said that if it doesn’t fit, then to redo the Supports. I actually anticipated it and adjust the height as I went. The shorter spans, I cut it about 1.5mm shorter so it didn’t have as big a bow as the middle spans.

HMS Surprise Continue…

As i continue with the HMS Surprise… I keep running into some rather disappointing discrepancies.

I ended up taking a lot of word off of the bulkhead frames down by the keel because what was happening was bulk loads went too far into where the keel is supposed to be. So I use my Dremel and took about 3 mm of wood off in some places!

I think it’s looking pretty good now though for the planking which I’m looking forward to doing.

Right now I’m installing the supports for the main deck, which will come down on it.

This is a point where I found some discrepancy right here.

They actually tell you to put a support right over where the mast is supposed to come down!

Also I had to put the main deck on before the planking because the only way the transition would fit properly is if the main deck was on in the first place.

But I was looking what the picture and I know it is that there’s a curvature on the transom which is typical but the false deck doesn’t have a curvature so I had to end up putting one in.

I was thinking that the next series of crows are going to be about planking the ship… which is going to be a demonstration of this exercise.

Installing the support for Main Deck
Instructions tell you to put a support right over the Hole!!!
I made this false deck rounded whereas it was Square before
Took off about 3mm – 5mm worth of wood off some of the Bulkheads because the bled over the Keel
Convex shape of Supports
Because of the Spring in the wood, I secured all of them with some Brass Nails