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USS Constitution

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Tim Parker got a chance to go to Boston, MA and get something on his bucket list checked off: a visit to the USS Constitution! The ship is at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He wanted to get a lot of photos detailing how various parts of the rigging got connected. Some model kits get a little vague about where and how things are done!

First off, as he saw some posts recently about building a model dry-dock, he took a couple of pictures of the dry-dock at the yard...he split the pictures into a left and right view, since he couldn't get the whole dry-dock in a single frame.

These first couple of pictures are of the ship from the pier. After going aboard, the first stop was on the main deck, up around the bowsprit. Here's some pictures of the foremast, the pendants on the foremast, a pinrail, the foremast fiferail, detail of mainstays, detail of a stay, the bowsprit with fore and main stays, the grating in the forecastle, the mainstays, looking up at the maintop along the main stays, some loops and thimbles on the foreyard, and a detailed look under the foretop."

The next set of pictures is from around the mainmast and of the deck in the general vicinity. Next pictures were taken from around the mizzenmast. I thought it noteworthy that the spanker boom (if that's the correct term) was not attached directly to the mizzen mast, but there was another upright directly behind the mizzenmast that held the boom. Some pictures from topside. Then the next pictures are from the second deck. Then photos from the third deck. Finally, a couple of pictures of how the foreyard brace is connected to the main stay, run out to the block on the yard, then returns to another block attached to the mainmast, from which it belays to a fiferail; plus a couple of final exterior shots.
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About the Author

About Timothy E Parker (timmyp)
FROM: VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES


Comments

Very nice photos, great details to bedevil a modeler with an unbuilt kit of this vessel in his stash. As I'm reading Ian Toll's outstanding book, "Six Frigates" these photos fit right in.
OCT 02, 2018 - 05:38 AM
Tim Parker - thanks for sharing these photos of the USS Constitution with everyone!
OCT 02, 2018 - 10:49 AM
Doug & Robert, I'm glad you like the pictures. In taking all these photos, my intention was to try and focus on details, as kit instructions & drawings from the time period don't always explain things. If you have any questions or would like to have an explanation of a picture, please feel free to ask, and I'll try my best to answer. Cheers, Tim
OCT 02, 2018 - 06:36 PM
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Thanks.