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Well I don't know who first mentioned being an ex-shipwright but it's in the title of Dave Speed's post on April 5th, 2009 - 6:48 AM.
I didn't post about it until the 8th.
A shipwright isn't just a navy lingo, it's a common term for a craftsman on boats, or ships. More often it would refer to a woodworker on wood boats in days of old but carried over when propulsion changed from sails and hulls were made of other materials that float, like steel. Whether a hug was steaming up planking, fitting a diesel powerplant or hanging a rudder he's a shipwright.
'Blue Water' refers to ocean's deep, crossing the globe, so larger ships, that's what I worked on. I worked on the last blue water wood boat made on the north Pacific Coast. History turned a page.
Fixed carts? . Help me out here....
I think you're starting to get it, John Like Louden Wainright III, ya, you know....
And a wheelwright builds wheels.
And a chartwright makes maps.
And a Californiawgight,,,,,,well you figure out thyat one. I just like these smilies
Neat! We're going up to Puget Sound this summer for a holiday. Anything good to see boat-wise u8p there?
Do you know of the Wapama? in SF bay? The last of the doghole schooners.
Dodge content: I once helped a friend put a Dodge flathead 6 in his wooden salmon boat in Northern California.
Cool! The Mystic Museum used to be up there, probably still is. Dedicated to wood boats. An internet search of destination with 'wood boats' added can turn up lots of stuff.
When I got out of all that I gave away a treasure trove of marvelous books, design plans, blueprints etc. for hundreds of old wood boats. Wish I'd kept some now...
Another world, another time but I still love those fabulous old designs and the sound of a wood boat's hull as it talks to you on the water. Add the melody of wind in the rigging and the chorus of waves turned by the sea and...WOW!
I love how these topics morph from the original to something entirely different, like going from plating to nautical terms. Keeps the forum interesting. Let me add mine, then. In 1959, immediately after graduation I had three months before going to Air Force basic. I got a job at a local shipyard in Savannah, Ga. working on building barges, dredges, and tug boats. I was a shipfitter's helper. I could weld so we would assemble various parts of the vessel and I would tack them in place, then a certified welder had to do the final welds. When I got back from active duty I got a job at a local paper mill as a boilermaker's helper, but I'm rambling so I will shut up. I will say that both jobs provided me some valuable life lessons.
That word takes me way back to a song verse my
mom would sing from time to time......
"Oh.... your red scarf matches your eyes....
You close the cover before striking....
Your father has the Shipfitter's blues....
and loving you has made me bananas...."
Anyone know who wrote or sung that?.....
Dodge Content: I've seen the results of Eastwood's
Zinc Plating Kit.... real nice finish. For any
exposed bolt heads, etc. in the vehicle's interior,
you could dab a bit of boiled linseed oil on them.
They'll stay "natural" but shiney. Folks who collect
old hand tools use this method.
Sorry Navy guys, Im going back on topic!
Ive used the eastwood zinc plate kit, great results for the money. You really feel good after its all done, seeing the results. Easy to do also. Make sure and get every bit of rust off the part though. When detailing carbs, I used the kit to replate linkage and it looked like new. I like using a cabnet sand blaster that I designate just for polishing and cleaning for small parts. I use glass bead in it. When I was rebuilding my govenor in my Farmall A some of the springs were rusty but still very usable. I sandblasted them with the glass bead, cleaned them up like new inside the spring as well. A wire wheel brush couldnt do that.