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June 2021 Volume 11 number 6


News, Tips and Happenings
We are pleased to welcome Christopher Morin, MD as our replacement for Lee Anne. He is a retired vascular surgeon, ex-Marine, ex-Navy and thoroughly delightful person. In his own words, "I felt like I needed something to do." You can reach him at: chris@bluejacketinc.com
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 39,000 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!

Rigging Class

Our rigging class only has 2 spaces left.
Nautical terms and origins
Barratry - Broadly, an illegal act or breach of trust by a ship's master. The word comes, via Middle English, from the French barratarie, fraud.

Draft (also Draught) - The underwater vertical dimension of a craft, "the depthe of water she requireth so as not to touch the bottome." The word comes from late Middle English, and possibly goes back to Old German.

Quarterdeck - Now an area on a naval vessel reserved for ceremonies and honors, located on the ship wherever the commanding officer dictates; formerly it was a high partial deck aft, from which a ship was conned, and which sheltered the quarters of the afterguard and passengers.

Scandalize - A term for shortening sail quickly. In a gaff-rigged vessel one good way is to lower the peak of a sail. Earlier terms were to scantle or scantalize. The origin of the term is uncertain. It probably is a corruption of scant, in the sense of making smaller; or ot may relate to Scant. the former seems more likely.

Scant - An old term, said of the wind when a sailing vessel could just make her course good when close hauled. The word came, via Middle English, from Icelandic, scampt, of the same broad meaning.

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 - super detailed skiff
Dan C of IL took our simple skiff model and added so much detailing that it won a Gold award at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Annual Model Ships and Boats Contest. He made seat cushions, bail cocks, sawhorses for display, new sail rig, special metal parts, the list goes on and on. Look at these pictures and see for yourself. And if you would like to see the entire build process, you can see it here:
Real Boat Names
Last month's name was written in Morse code, and spells MARY. We had 6 people guess correctly. Steve B of PA, Martin G of FL, Brian W of RI, Joe G of ME, Bill M of FL and Howard B of IN. Well done guys. And, one of you noticed that the Morse code was also a palindrome.

Martin had this to say:
"I'm not a ham, but I can program a bit, so I wrote a program to generate the possible ways to turn that Morse code into letters. The trick is where to break the dots and dashes into separate letters. Turns out, gasp, there are 684 ways to do that. At a glance, though, none start with a vowel, so I guessed that the second letter must be a vowel. That cut the list down to a little less than 200, which I looked at more closely.

Lots of interesting sounding results, but 'Mary' stood out. (I'm pretty sure, for example, that the name wasn't 'qaaw')."
Let's see YOUR workbench
Most people send me a photo or two, and maybe a few sentences. Bill K of TX went delightfully overboard and sent me a 6-slide PowerPoint presentation with captions.
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - I am back to working on a boat for a client. It's our popular kit the Maine lobster boat KLW207, 21 1/2" long
Al's bench - Al has been having a lot of fun with this stage of the Oregon kit development.
Something Fun
Tip of the Month - Making tabs and slots fit
Many times in kit building, the pre-cut tabs and slots don't quite fit, meaning the tab is a tiny bit wider than the slot it goes into. The easiest solution is to sand some off the side of the tab.
But sometimes, you need to keep the tab at its thickness, like if it comes above the slot for some other purpose. In that case, you have to widen the slot. Using a knife never produces a straight cut. Sanding is much more effective. Freehand sanding is a no-starter. The best way I have found is to put the sandpaper on a Popsicle or craft stick to do the job. Those sticks are strong enough to take some pressure, but they are thin enough to go into the slot. Problem solved!
Blatant Publicity
A Final Thought...

March 13, 2020 marked the shutdown of the United States and the beginning of a time that has tested us all. But, we have responded as a nation with unprecedented courage, compassion, and more than a touch of good ole’ ingenuity.
Now, we’re starting to climb out of this 3.8 million square mile foxhole thanks to the extraordinary efforts of vaccine developers, producers, and distributors. And, then there is the tireless work of millions of workers at the local level who have so gently poked our arms with this amazing concoction at the incredible rate of 2.4 million shots per day. That’s a lot of “Just a little pinch”(es)! So far, more than 220 million doses have made us wince from that pinch. But, it’s the happiest wince — ever!!!
So, the next time you see a doctor, nurse, or volunteer who works at your local vaccine administration site, thank them from the bottom of your heart for that life-saving “Just a little pinch”.

Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc.