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October 2022 Volume 12 number 10


News, Tips and Happenings
In early September, we got a visit from our Canadian friend and distributor, Rick Shousha. He runs the Modeller's Workshop in Mount Royal (Montreal suburb.) Rick is totally bi-lingual as well. That is good, because mon Francais est tres mal..
A surprise to us is that our good customer and friend, George F. of MT is actually a multi-talented musician. George visits Camden ME twice a year for vacations. He always finds an Irish jam session and plays his Boron. We recently stopped by to listen to him at the Homeport Inn and Tavern in Searsport. George also plays the ukulele and violin.
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 40,000 ship modelers. Topics range from kits to scratch builds, in-process continuing stories, tips, manufacturer information, technical topics. Too many to list here. Go take a look!

Nautical terms and origins
A-Trip - Said of the anchor when it has broken ground on being hoisted. It probably came either from Old French, treper, or Old English treppan, one meaning of which was in motion.

Dory - A general type of multipurpose pulling and sailing boat, used extensively for offshore fishing in Northeastern waters. This very seaworthy craft, of simple and sturdy straight-sided construction, with much sheer and raked ends, is believed to have been developed by our French explorers, its predecessor being the bateau (which see). One source says the term came from dorée, a french word for guilded, which dories are not. Orée (d'orée) means the edge of a forest or woods. As a source of wood and a place to build a oat, this makes good sense.

Maru - The word after the name of virtually every Japanese craft, large or small, except for their naval vessels. It is said to be symbolic of perfection or completeness.

Steward - A general term for any member of a ship's crew wjo is involved with commissary and personal services to all on board. An old chief steward may smile over this one; it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word styweard, a keeper of the pigs.

Information is from the book "Origins of Sea Terms" by John G. Rogers
copyright 1985 Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. and available from BlueJacket. 
Model of the month - Smuggler
Our friend Juraj H of Slovakia did a spectacular job of kit-bashing our Smuggler model. His wood joinery is perfection, and he added many details beyond the kit parts. You can follow his entire build on MSW here:
Real Boat Names
Very unusual model unusual model
I saw this folk art ship in an antique store last weekend, and I'm not quite sure what to call it-
"rigging gone wild" or maybe "Al's nightmare" or "silly string special" but obviously someone had way too much time on their hands.
Let's see YOUR workbench
This is from Louie D.

"I love receiving your news letter. I especially enjoy seeing others workbench. So I thought I’d share my workbench with you, and a picture of some of my fleet that I make and donate to various schools and hospitals. It’s not in the same class as your master builders, but it brings a lot of satisfaction to me and joy to some kids." 
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - Still plugging away at the Wyoming rigging. Hope to be done by Thanksgiving.
Al's bench - Al is done with the building the prototype USS Oregon, and his next project is building a model of the Newsboy for a customer. It's becoming normal that Al will do the building, then turn it over to me for the rigging.
Something Fun - Wisdom of the day
The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.
Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road is littered with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
Happiness is not having to set the alarm clock.
“The starting pay is $40,000. Later it can go up to $135,000.”  "Great. I’ll start later.”
Trust science. Studies show that if your parents didn’t have children there’s an 80% chance you won’t either.
Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupe melons and no one asks, "What the Hell is wrong with you?"
When the pool re-opens, due to social distancing, there will be no water in lanes 1, 3, and 5.
Tip: Save business cards of people you hate. If you hit a parked car accidentally, write, “Sorry” on the back and leave it on the windshield.
When I get a headache I take two aspirin and keep away from children just like the bottle says.
Just once, I want the user name and password prompt to say, “Close enough.”
Becoming an adult is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.
If you see me talking to myself, move along. I’m self-employed. We’re having a meeting.
“Your call is very important to us. Please enjoy this 90 minute bassoon solo".
I envy people who age gracefully, like good wine. I age more like milk: I'm sour, lumpy, and have a foul odor.
Does anyone else have a plastic bag full of plastic bags, or is it just me?
When you buy a bag of cotton balls, do you throw out the one on top?
I hate when I can’t figure out how to operate the iPad and my tech support guy is asleep. He’s 5 and it’s past his bedtime.
Today, 3-year-olds repair laptops and design Power Point presentations. When I was 3, I drank paint and peed everywhere.
Tip for a successful marriage: Don’t ask your wife why dinner isn't ready if she's mowing the lawn or painting the house.
So, you drive across the city to a gym to walk on a treadmill?
Tip of the Month - List of Maritime Museums in the USA
Rather than a tip on modeling, here is a tip about where to go to see ship models and history. What will you add to your bucket list?

Blatant Publicity
A Final Thought...
We are getting a lot of traffic from the visitors who come here to see the fall foliage. Next week is peak season for parts of mid-Maine.

Some of our regulars are asking me how my search for a successor is going. I am starting discussions with some poeple who I think will be an absolutely perfect fit. But, like a glass coffin, "remains to be seen"
Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters