Saturday, 10 October 2009
My involvment with the aircraft carrier USS America, was a brief one week of seeing her daily anchored off in the bay in Salvador,Bahia,plus a guided tour one memorable morning,having checked into the ships visitors book a while back I now get updates on whats new,todays up date is the ships store.I think a cap and Tee shirt is a good idea,the teddy and calander look fine too.
USS AMERICA (CVA-66) STORE http://www.cafepress.com/ussamericacva66
Friday, 9 October 2009
Trafalgar's last Union Jack up for sale
By Stefano Ambrogi
LONDON (Reuters) - The last known surviving Union Jack to have been flown at the Battle of Trafalgar is expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds later this month after having spent years folded away in a drawer in Australia.
The battle-scarred flag was likely suspended from the bow of HMS Spartiate, one of Admiral Nelson's victorious warships that destroyed the French fleet off the Spanish coast in 1805.
The delicate 3.5 x 2.2 metre flag, riddled with holes from shot and shell, was believed to have been sewn on board the ship.
It was given by its 540-strong crew as a token of their gratitude to Lieutenant James Clepham after the battle.
Clepham was a popular officer who served aboard the warship. He was recognised for his bravery at Trafalgar and later went on to command his own ship.
The flag, which has been handed down through generations of Clepham's descendants since his death in 1851 is being sold by one of his distant relatives now living in Australia.
"It is a pretty important artefact," said Charles Miller, director of Charles Miller Ltd, a company that specialises in maritime antiquities, which will offer the flag at its annual Trafalgar Day sale in London on October 21.
"You mustn't underestimate the impact of Trafalgar -- it's very easy to brush it off as a bit of jingoistic nonsense ..," he told Reuters.
"But don't forget this effectively ended Napoleon's conquest of Europe. Having finally smashed his combined fleet, there was no prospect of him invading this country. That was it, the end of Napoleon's sea power," Miller said.
The flag is expected to fetch between 10,000 to 15,000 pounds.
The Spartiate was the last ship in Nelson's column during the momentous battle -- his warships all sailed in a line to engage the French fleet.
She began life as a 74-gun French ship that was captured at the battle of the Nile in 1798, another famous Nelson action, and was later absorbed into the English navy.
"The interesting thing about that is that she was also the ship that fired the shot whose splinter caused Nelson to lose or damage his eye," Miller said.
"So the famous images of him in a patch, which are bit exaggerated -- he wore a shade actually -- all that nonsense is down to Spartiate."
(Editing by Steve Addison)
Thursday, 8 October 2009
I have a comment from Michelle Bjorseth off the yacht Rainmaker,ex Durban,this picture shows her with her husband Peter standing next to her with the black shorts,behind her is Dennis,owner and skipper of Brer Terrapin,the yacht we sailed across to Bahia from Cape Town.
Michelle,I have more pictures,please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Regards
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
This really old hand gun belongs to a friend of mine,its a classic deluxe,just check out the detail.
A note from the owner,Jonathan:
Here is one of my old timers - invented by DEPREZ (JOASSART) Jean Mathieu de Herstal Belgium. The patent carries the n° 6511 dated from the 23.09.1858. it was made for the Victorian English in India and marked Charles Nephew Calcutta who was a trader...
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Our cutting work saves you time,lots of it.
Our CNC cut bulkheads.
The Wharrahm designed Tiki range is no stranger to us,we have supplied materials,cross beams and spars for Tiki 30 in the past,we also supplied the materials for a Tiki 38,the customer asked that we cut the boat too,this was done over the period he was building and we now have a cut file on the Wharram 38 design.
We can supply all materials required for the boat,or just the bulkheads to start with,its really up to the builder,shipping as a single lot is more cost effective of course.
Note,we will only cut orders on proof that the plans have been purchased by the customer,we can ship world wide.
The end use of this stuff is endless,find a curved item and make it kind of thing,I once had a trade on an item,a Furuno 1800 radar,old stuff but as long as it worked I could use it,there was a catch of course,the scanner had no cover and being an old unit,none was about to be found,so I made one myself from 5mm Superform bending ply and epoxy.There is no glass reinforcing in the cover,its just epoxy and International Paints Interthane top coats doing a good job,its been eight years in the weather now?
Monday, 5 October 2009
Alloys are none standard,the car had wires originally,I think they still exist?
A little TLC will be required on this 46 year old classic sports car,note the Hillman Imp rear tail lights,which still being produced (repro)most spares for this car should be findable.
This is a file picture,not the one for sale,which is also white,its a really well designed car.
Reliant Scimitar SE4 at Tatton Park June 2008
I owned two Reliant Scimiter GTE SE5 cars for many years,they had Fords super reliable 3ltr V6 motors in them,I am still used by the club in the UK as a contact for information,this came in last week,an SE4 is for sale,it was complete last time I saw it,even with a set of wire wheels (not fitted) the care is in Cape Town and now for sale,needing a total restoration.We can ship world wide,contact me at
It is a 1963 model? Chassis number SC400048. with the straight 6 ford zephyr engine. Unfortunately the body is in need of surface attention though fundamentally sound.
Its not even a year since Andrew paid us a visit and decided to buy our Ockume marine plys and epoxies,he works spare time on his boat project only,so moving from what was a set of bulkheads and stringers to what we see now is fine progress,the boat is a Hartley 37,we have been asked to supply Andrew with a mast kit,Dudley Dix has supplied the mast drawing updates based on his Hartley mast plans.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Keel and Skeg packing blocks
Finally, another update. Inclement weather as well as being involved in making cabinets for a paying customer have slowed progress a bit. However in between all of this I have finished and fitted the Keel packing block and fitted the rudder and skeg packer ready to be flattened. All that now remains is to finish filling the holes, before sanding and sealing the entire hull with epoxy.