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A pleasant surprise. The Bluenose II.

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fox
  • Member since
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
A pleasant surprise. The Bluenose II.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:01 PM

A couple of weeks ago, my wifes nephew paid us a visit. After talking with us for a while he said he had something in his car and he'd be right back. He came in carrying a large box that turned out to be the Artesania Latina Bluenose II kit. Someone he knew got it as a gift and didn't want it. He didn't want it either and the nephew said "My uncle Jim builds these." The guy said "OK. Here. Give it to him." Soooo, he did. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4NDgGVcrry5LBzcM7

It's a typical AL (Artists in the Latrine) kit but with a few changes. There are no full size plans. There is a large book with instructions for a step at a time and full size (maybe a tad less sometimes) photos of the step. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2GyQeaqdfp71WT3V9

When you get finished with the hull, you go to book #2. That is the same type as the other book. Full instructions and full size photos of the step.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UtwbgMKCqdHvJYQ5A

Well, I was having a ball taking a break from plastic models and building stick-n-tissue kits. But, having this kit dropped in my lap was too great a temptation. So, I cleared the decks and prepared for battle stations.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YKEADC9tmoD1XDXK8

The keel and bulkheads went together great. Every one of the bulkheads lined up perfectly with no help from me. The 2 deck pieces went on just as easy. Then I started planking the deck. I rubbed the edge of the plank with a charcoal pencil hoping to make it look like the planks were caulked. I did every other one so as not to look too heavily caulked. While they were drying, I started to build the stern cabin. Working on and off between glueing down planks it's done and looks pretty good.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/CfnhCcPGGDFihF6r6

The deck is planked now, and according to the instructions (which I always follow to the letter Wink) it's time to start preparing the bulkheads for planking.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hLyj5eguePAV4KgY7

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: On my kitchen counter top somewhere in North Carolina.
Posted by disastermaster on Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:41 AM

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This is gonn'a be good.

"Never trust a fart"- Jack Nicholson

 

 
  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, November 16, 2023 6:55 AM

Hmmm.

       This is interesting. I didn't know there was even a "Bluenose-2" I guess she was more poppular than I thought. One thing I will say is this. I have always thought that the original was a beautiful ship! Once you get her done you will see what I mean.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, November 17, 2023 11:08 AM

Tanker-Builder
I didn't know there was even a "Bluenose-2"

If memory serves (and it may not) there's actually a Bluenose III, with Two having been retired after many decades cruising.  I remember some controversy about the rig for III.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, November 17, 2023 7:19 PM

I made a plastic model of the Bluenose a while back (way, way back). I guess it is the original Bluenose. I don't remember the name of the manufacturer. Here's a photo I took last night of it sitting on top of the one I'm working on now. The new one will be roughly about 6 to 7 inches longer.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mKyDSzt6rw7TnWF28

I also have a print that I've had hanging over my workbench for many years of the Bluenose. I'm guessing that it is of the Original. CapnMac will probably know if that is correct.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/L6WVBSirXtona1Px6

TB, Here's is a photo you might enjoy. It's a print of the oil tanker Atlantic Heritage. It was given to me back somewhere in the '60s while I was down your way attending a fire school. I was in the Fire Brigade at the Phila. Refinery at the time and they sent me down with a couple other members to get some training on fighting oil fires. Don't remember the name of the town but we had to work our butts off at the school and had some great times at night in town.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mJN5tGNTe8qRBpub7

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, November 19, 2023 2:09 PM

fox
CapnMac will probably know if that is correct.

I'm no expert on Bluenose.  I do know that there's controversy about her rig and appearance.

Some of that will be that is was common to change the rig over the life of a ship.

Many of the depictions of Bluenose include a "Fisherman's Staysail" (occasionally called a 'spanker' too) spanning from the foremast to the main topmast, so that the broadside sial plane resembles a near-continuous triangle of sail.  From memory, that's the image on the Canadian coin.

Now, she probably sailed with topsails only when needed.

I know there's debate on whether the fore staysail was fit with a boom, the contemporary images differ.  Having sailed with one of those vile devices, they are more work than they are worth, but, on a working vessel, the one or two hands saved were profit made.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, November 19, 2023 3:13 PM

Thanks for the info CapnMac. I made a copy of your post and I'm going to keep it with the Instruction book for future reference. It will come in handy when I'm working on the sails and deciding what I'm going to do with them. It's great having different options available.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 20, 2023 11:46 AM

Hey JIM!

       That photo really brought back some memories.Ships like her, were for a while considered the "Most Beautiful " tank ships in existence. I have a photo of the original ship they used for the "Texaco Tanker" Toy/Model.

       In my time in service I belive I saw at least four different types in Refueling at sea situations.The most common for a while was a Grey version of the Texaco which I believe was a T3 version. I could be mistaken.       

        i do remember one that was strange In all regards. She was a true Deckhouse aft type, BUT, she sat so low in the water the crew were using Lifelines to move around the deck.When we came along side. The bow wave we made, washed over their deck! When we finished our topping off, She didn't even look like we had gotten anything.

        The oddball part? When we made to move away our overflows spilled oil everywhere including into the sea! The ship it seems had pressurized our bunkers for some reason! We ran at high speed away fron the fleet for twelve hours, coming back only when the pressure had been bled off.

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