Finding the Superstructure. Once the glue on the extension dried, I finished the cut and try session to sink the bow into place, and ended up only my normal 5 mm out. That is right up in the bow where the black paint and the anchor windlass can be arranged to conceal it, so the … Read more The Steam Tug Part 7
Shaping the Deck. I want to put the deck into this hull without a lot of structure underneath. So the deck beams I put in are only in there with hot melt glue. I’m going to clamp the deck plywood down onto those beams to get it to curve with the sheer line, but just … Read more The Steam Tug Part 6
A Cradle to Work On Yesterday I thought I was going to build a wooden cradle to support the hull while I worked on it. But this morning I looked around and saw a much cooler idea. Our son did our shopping yesterday, (coronavirus), and brought it home in an egg carton. And I have … Read more The Steam Tug Part 5
Measurements and Trials The next major step in the building process on the tug is to get the deck in place. But this means deciding the size of the superstructure. I want the whole superstructure to lift off so that there’s a large hatch opening up underneath, through which I can get at the working … Read more The Steam Tug Part 4
The Weigh In. I found all my lead pucks, so it was time to measure the displacement of the tug hull. So tape off the hole at the end of the prop shaft and fill the bath with water. Put the lead in the boat, but it still wasn’t enough to get her down to … Read more The Steam Tug Part 3.
How Fast to Turn a Propeller. I have a model tug hull with a 60 mm propeller. The question is, how fast should it turn? The starting points for the answer are the propeller pitch, that’s the distance through the water that the propeller would move in 1 turn, all other things being perfect, and … Read more The Steam Tug Part 2.
I bought this fibreglass hull at a club meeting a couple of years ago. So with at least 2 months of apartment confinement facing me, (Corona virus), I dragged it out of the storage cubicle to take a look. It’s 37 inches long, the space for the prop is very large for the hull shape, … Read more The Steam Tug, Part 1
Access to the Site. To get started as a writer of content on the Club website, what you will first need is a username and password from me to enter on the webpage log in site, which is “https://vmss.ca/wp-login.php”. I will send these to any member who wants access as an author. When you get … Read more Getting into Writing on the VMSS Website
The Sutton Hoo Ship. History, Egyptian Nile barges, Greek triremes, Roman Galleys, Viking longships. That’s the sequence, right? 8th June 793, Scandinavian pirates sacked the monastery of St. Cuthbert on the island of Lindisfarne. Alcuin, a Northumbrian scholar monk, wrote about it “Never before has such terror been seen in Britain as we have suffered … Read more Before the Vikings
The Thames Barge, or Spritsail Barge, was an iconic sight on the river Thames and its estuary for well over a hundred years. It is true to say that, before the coming of the railways and the motor vehicle, the Thames Barge was the truck that built London. It had its origins in the fact … Read more The Thames Barge