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? Formula for rudders? (subarch: Underwater Archaeology) Corrections: italics

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I  was interested in browsing, “Sea-Man’s Grammar and Dictionary, Explaining all the difficult Terms in Navigation: and the Practical Navigator and Gunner: In Two Parts.” by Captain John Smith: Sometimes Governour of Virginia, and Admiral of New England: Now much Amplified and Enlarged, with variety of Experiments, since his time, made by several Experienced Navigators and Gunners. London; Printed, and are to be Sold by Randal Taylor near Stationers Hall, 1691″ and this was a good impetus.

It presents no formulas for rudders but others for many parts of the ship. About “rudder”, it’s always capitalized. The text uses much of the then typeset convention of “f” for “s” and also bold terms in a highly stylized, almost medieval type, shown here in single quotes:

end of paragraph…”The ‘Whip-ftaffe’ is that piece of wood like a ftrong ftaffe the Steerman or Helmfmen hath always in his hand going thorough the ‘Rowl’, [margin: The Rowle.] and then made faft to the Tiller with a Ring.”
new paragraph…”The ‘Tiller’ is a ftrong piece of wood made faft to the ‘Rudder’, which is a great timber fomewhat like a Plank, made according to the burthern of the Ship, and hung at the Stern upon Hooks and Hinges, they call ‘Pintels’ and ‘Gudgeons’, or ‘Rudder-Irons’. The Tiller playeth in the ‘Gun-room’ over the Ordnances by the Whip ftaff; whereby the Rudder is fo turned to and fro as the Helmesman pleafeth, and the ‘Cat-holes’ are over the Ports, right with the Capftain (capstan) as they can, to heave the Ship a ftern by a Cable or a Haufer called a Stern-faft…” p.12

And of course always remember:

“Then for the Captains Cabin or great Cabin, the Steerage, the halfDeck, the Round-houfe, the Fore-caftle, and to bind an end with the Capftern and all things fitting for the Sea, the Smiths work, the carving, joyning, and painting excepted, are the principal things I remembred to be obferved: for a “Charter-party” (italics) betwixt the Merchant, the Mafter, and the Owner, you have Prefidents of all forts in moft Scriveners fhops.” ? p. 14.

Found on a personal site looking at Star Trek stuff.


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01/30/2010 at 6:57 pm

Newsvine – Obama to skip jury duty in Chicago suburbs

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Newsvine – Obama to skip jury duty in Chicago suburbs

When President Bush was called to jury duty, Attorney General Gonzalez accompanied him to help answer the questions at a trial involving an “exotic dancer” I recall. Judge Lance Ito was called during the “OJ” trial. Both I believe didn’t stop what they were doing. There ‘outa be a law! When to be President Bush was being “vetted” by reporters, they found a George W. Bush who pleaded to a lesser charge of “practicing medicine without a license” who shared the same year of birth but six months away in date of birth in Texas. I think they never found that other guy though. I sat as a grand jury foreman in the Bronx County, NYC and in 4 days a week for 4 weeks ($40 a day) I had to sign on over 240 cases! That’s a lot of swearing in, citizen.

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01/25/2010 at 9:03 pm

Plum Island Mystery: Body Washes Ashore On New York’s Secretive Government Island

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I recall seeing the Plum Island animal disease research center described on TV back in the 1950s on “Modern Farmer” which a kid could see if they got up real early on Saturday morning, (and the military’s “Big Picture”) before the cartoons came on. After that I felt like I had won a lottery, two weeks by rail to a dairy farm from the South Bronx to Roaring Branch, PA near Canton, part of a PAL program (Police Athletic League) with my brother, he 6 or 7, me 7 or 8, with about 60+ dairy cows and 200 acres.

The closure of Plum Island is discussed and “move, upgrade” to the former military site in Rome, NY, fenced so effectively, there’s a herd of “white” white-tailed deer. The Plum Island historic lighthouse was saved by local preservation, where some think the first military battle of the American Revolution took place. There the remains of former fortifications are, historic and modern. The federal facility had been having trouble with the generators and labor (no connection). A power cable to Orient Point may have problems, reported flickering on and off. Orient Point is where ferries leave for New London, Connecticut, two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohican Sun a destination. I watched Denham Brothers fabricate Shinnecock Canal lock doors in Centereach, NY, and hope a Long Island casino might open, and preserve arts and funds left. The US Dept. of Commerce once advertised the yearly, around US Labor Day, Shinnecock Pow-Wow.

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01/18/2010 at 5:40 pm

New York State: Which Bridges in Your Area Are Dangerous?

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01/16/2010 at 5:04 pm

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Palin’s Enemies List: Alaskan Bloggers

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If she hurries up she can make it to this conference in Sitka, once called the "Paris of the East" by the Russian settlers in Alaska. Original film of "cabin fever" I remember they made, in the silent film era, the cabin had a tunnel under it, out to the river bank it was on. Sat on the roof in the spring! I worked for the NPS around the original location and the current location of the Captain Moore Cabin in Skagway, Alaska right after Mt. St. Helens exploded. I met a school teacher on his way to Homer, Alaska years ago, there I think. Hope he did well!

Sitka NP to sponsor Conference

Until the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, the Russian empire owned this part of North America. For nearly 100 years, the Russians called Sitka their Alaskan capital. Celebrating this aspect of Sitka’s past, on August 18-22, 2010, Sitka NHP and the International Association of Specialists on the Study of Russian America will co-sponsor the 4th International Conference on Russian America, at Sitka. The conference follows those held in Sitka in 1979 and 1987 and in Irkutsk, Russia in 2007. A formal call for papers will be issued soon.

Links to more information may be found at:

– December 2009 NPS Archeology E-Gram
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01/07/2010 at 10:49 pm

Newsvine – NY considers list of 85 chemicals to avoid buying

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I recall across the Hudson River, in New Jersey, they have a "Right To Know Law" that listed a couple of thousand chemicals considered dangerous. It was rewritten under Governor Christine Todd Whitman, who was later director of the EPA under then President George W. Bush, because many of those listed were rarely used by anyone, anyway and being there argued a distraction. In Federal law, at least at Bellevue Hospital in HAZMAT where I certified, required for the EPA archeology of Superfund National Priority sites, after the superheated steam explosion in nearby Gramercy Park that killed two ConEd workers and emptied the buildings out until cleaned of airborne asbestos, we were taught you cannot be told to mix A with B to produce C in your workplace without being informed what A is and what B is and the risks working 8 hours a day with them and C by Federal law. I’m glad, New York is also considering this, who by the way track every drum of chemicals in the state, at least in theory. However it also seems to be a political patronizing of the public, without real reform in the workplace. A list doesn’t ensure safety.

#1 – Mon Jan 4, 2010 12:37 PM EST

Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law

Washington Post Jan. 4, 2010

#2 – Mon Jan 4, 2010 11:09 PM EST

Newsvine – NY considers list of 85 chemicals to avoid buying

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01/05/2010 at 6:28 pm

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