this looks also perfect as usual with your builds. this will be a challenge for the 1:75 builders to scratchbuild such a long boat. I will use your pictures in combination with my pictures and notes made in Stockholm last year
What a lovely model! I like the skewed bottom planks, nice touch. The longboat (esping in Swedish) was being towed alongside the ship, on the port side, when the ship sank. When the ship heeled over it pushed the longboat down, and then dragged it to the bottom. The longboat had another boat, a small clinker boat, inside it, probably lashed to the thwarts upside down. Five of the thwarts and the windlass were removable, so that the boat could take larger loads, such as cannon or anchors. which is why there are no knees on them.
I got the drawings from Fred. Like for a lot of things, if you would like them he could probably supply you with them if you sent him an email.
And I have read that the windlass is why they know this is Vasa's boat for sure, since the windlass was not found in the boat but onboard. And when they tried fitting it in the windlass bearings, it fit.
One question regarding the outlook of the boats. Maybe Fred can anwer it: The longboat appeares pretty artless. I think the longboat was much older than the brandnew Vasa. Are there any ideas, if the boat was painted or did they improved the boats to assimilate the boats to the outlook of Vasa? Maybe the gunwale was painted red?
I am not sure of evidence of paint on the longboat. Surely a question for Fred.
And Peter, I installed a sternpost but no rudder. And on my model at least, I think the lower edge of the sternpost more or less forms a skeg, if you are talking about a skeg meaning an aft extension of a keel. I don't think there is an actual keel on Vasa's longboat.
Post by Peter Jenssen on Jun 29, 2016 23:31:50 GMT
As I understand it, the skeg is about 3m long and tapers off to nothing forward. There may also be a corresponding one meter piece at the stem, tapering off aft.
There was one discussion in May 2010 when you were building yours (titled "Longboat") and another one in July 2009 (titled "Vasa 'storbåten'")
Perhaps I can save Fred some typing by copying over the info to this forum?
Quote: " We have the skeg, which is a piece of oak 3.09 meters long, 150 mm deep and 100 mm wide at the after end. It tapers slightly in width from the upper surface to the bottom edge, and tapers away in depth to a feather edge at the forward end. It was nailed to the bottom, with an iron strap let into and wrapped around it about 190 mm from the after end, with the ends of the strap continuing up the sides of the sternpost. We have not located the piece that fairs the lower end of the stem into the bottom yet, but the nails I can see suggest is was much shorter, maybe only a meter of so long, and probably tapered to a feather edge as well. The after piece is not mounted on the boat, as it would greatly complicate the support structure, and does not yet appear on any drawings, since it was identified after we had completed documentation of the boat. We are planning a new support frame, which will allow us to mount the skeg, and I hope one day to find the forward piece in the stores, but it may not have been recovered.
Fred Hocker "
Back in 2009, I was working on lofting the Esping in AutoCAD with the view to laser cut the parts, then I lost access to AutoCAD when I swapped computer. My laser cutter and my digital ship plans have not been touched since. The last thing I did with this gear is the Vasa rudder... There's a well progressed Chapman frigate drawing, 'Camilla' as well.. -in files that I can not use. Anyone have recommendations for software that can read AutoCAD files without costing an arm and a leg..?