William Brand

Draughts of the Mercury and Smallboats

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1 - Keel
2 - Gudgeon Strap
3 - Rudder
4 - Pintle Strap
5 - Sternpost
6 - Tuck Rail
7 - Lower Counter Rail
8 - Fashion Piece
9 - Upper Counter Rail
10 - Davits
11 - Taffrail
12 - Quarter Galley
13 - Tiller
14 - Companionway
15 - Sweep Ports
16 - Timberheads/Deck Stanchions
17 - Porthole
18 - Gunwale/Gunnel
19 - On Board Stairway
20 - Bulwark
21 - Main Wale
22 - Sheet Anchor/ Best Bower
23 - Cathead
24 - Knighthead
25 - Stern Head/Beakhead
26 - Figurehead
27 - Main/Head Rail
28 - Middle Rail
29 - Lower Rail
30 - Anchor Cable
31 - Hawse Hole

32 - Upper Cheek
33 - Head-Timbers/Knees
34 - Lower Cheek
35 - Chock-Piece
36 - Stempost
37 - Rabbet Line
38 - Gripe
39 - Necking
40 - Pilaster
41 - Upper Finishing
42 - Cove
43 - Quarterdeck
44 - Companion Ladder
45 - Windlass
46 - Grating
47 - Coaming
48 - Cleat
49 - Pawl
50 - Jollywatt
51 - Swivel Guns
52 - Capstan Bars
53 - Capstan
54 - Capstan Spindle
55 - Capstan Step
56 - Capstan Welp
57 - Knight of the Main Jeers
58 - Holds
59 - Galley Stack/Chimney
60 - Galley Stove
61 - Knight of the Fore Jeers
62 - Ward Room

63 - Beams
64 - Belfry
65 - Afterholds
66 - Galley & Crew Berths
67 - Cable Tier
68 - Deadwood
69 - Deadwood Knee
70 - Bulkhead
71 - Main-Mast
72 - Mainsail
73 - Main Brace
74 - Main Shrouds
75 - Main Yard
76 - Main Top
77 - Main Topmast
78 - Main Topsail
79 - Main Topshrouds
80 - Main Topmast Yard
81 - Main Trestle/Cross-Tree
82 - Main Topgallant Mast
83 - Main Stay
84 - Main Topmast Stay
85 - Main Topgallant Stay
86 - Gilded Truck/Spindle
87 - Pennant
88 - Foremast
89 - Foresail
90 - Fore Brace
91 - Fore Shrouds
92 - Fore Yard
93 - Fore Top

94 - Fore Topmast
95 - Fore Topsail
96 - Fore Topshrouds
97 - Fore Topmast Yard
98 - Fore Trestle/Cross-Tree
99 - Fore Topgallant Mast
100 - Fore Stay
101 - Fore Topmast Stay
102 - Fore Topgallant Stay
103 - Fore Staysail
104 - Flying Jib
105 - Jib Boom
106 - Bowsprit
107 - Bobstay
108 - Heel Lashing
109 - Bowsprit Cap
110 - Flying Jib Tack
111 - Flying Jib Halyard
112 - Flying Jib Downhaul
113 - Flying Jib Sheet
114 - Fore Staysail Tack
115 - Fore Staysail Downhaul
116 - Fore Staysail Sheet
117 - Gammons
118 - Woolding/Crances
119 - Foot Ropes
120 - Foothorses/Ratlines
121 - Reef Points
122 - Fore Bitts
123 - Fife Rail
124 - Partners

125 - Main Mast Step
126 - Fore Mast Step
127 - Boom Jaw
128 - Spanker Boom
129 - Spanker/Boom Mainsail
130 - Gaff Jaw
131 - Spanker Gaff
132 - Main Chainwale
133 - Fore Chainwale
134 - Hood Head
135 - Block of Lift
136 - Clew Lines
137 - Clew Line Block
138 - Brace Block
139 - Braces
140 - Brackets
141 - Chain Plate of Shrouds
142 - Gaff Halyards

143 - Lifts
144 - Turnbuckle
145 - Shoe
146 - False Keel
147 - Keelson
148 - Cant Frames: Bobstay Piece, Stemson and Forefoot
149 - Forepeak
150 - Ballast Stones
151 - Kedge Anchor
152 - Bowsprit Step
153 - Longboat
154 - Scuttlebutt
155 - Floor Timbers
156 - Shotlocker
157 - Mangerboard
158 - Kevels
159 - Breast hooks

Smallboats of the Mercury

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The small boats are new to me. Nice.

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When we were first choosing names for the Mercury, the names 'Dart' and 'Gullah' were offered very early on. Dart was one of the forerunners throughout the process and Gullah was offered by Harry Smid in tribute to the Gullah Culture. The Mercury is somewhat unique that she carries two smallboats and employs davits astern for carrying one of them, but it also afforded us the use of two popular names that arose during the choosing of 'Mercury'.

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When we were first choosing names for the Mercury, . . . and Gullah was offered by Harry Smid in tribute to the Gullah Culture. . .

Wow, very cool - learn something new everday.

And William, your illustration / shematics are great by the way.

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Thank you. I have many a researcher which came before me to thank, and several crew members supplied information about sloops.

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It would be cool to have a Mercury in a bottle with the Gulluh hoisted on the davits and the Dart trailing behind the way they did with the Owl at FTPI.

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It would be very cool. I'd like to do a diorama some day showing the floating, armed remains of the Speedwell guarding the Mercury as she takes from in St. Joseph's Bay.

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It would be cool to have a Mercury in a bottle with the Gulluh hoisted on the davits and the Dart trailing behind the way they did with the Owl at FTPI.

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This it totally do able. I will put it on my list. I have a Santa Maria and a Satisfaction to finish first.

It would be cool to have a Mercury in a bottle with the Gulluh hoisted on the davits and the Dart trailing behind the way they did with the Owl at FTPI.

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This it totally do able. I will put it on my list. I have a Santa Maria and a Satisfaction to finish first.

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It

would be cool to have a Mercury in a bottle with the Gulluh hoisted on

the davits and the Dart trailing behind the way they did with the Owl at

FTPI.

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This it totally do able. I will put it on my list. I have a Santa Maria and a Satisfaction to finish first.

If you were to make one, you should probably give it to the ship's creator. ;) (Now if you were to make two...)

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For the right price it's possible I can make two. I also think giving one to the creators is a good idea. It's fun to see a ship come to life I would love to share that. Am I right in understanding that William is the the drawer of the draughts.

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I'm flattered that the creation of the Mercury and the crew are often laid at my doorstep, but it's a group effort. Everyone puts in a lot of effort at each event to make the Mercury look good and to help us all live vicariously through the hobby.

Annnd, I did the work-up on the draughts. My many thanks to pirates in and out of the crew for helping me hunt down definitions. There are a lot of period names that took some effort to define. It's like shipbuilding forensic archeology.

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As always, William, awe inspiring.

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Thank you. When I come into some money, I plan to do the reprint on laid paper.

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William I see the numbers posted around the ship but is there a key as to what's what. Would be useful for some clarification.

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I wonder what would the color scheme of the Mercury be? I assume the figure head would be gold since that was a common theme in that day but what about the rest. Would the channels be painted or the taffrail?

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We talked about color scheme at one point. Let me see if I can find that discussion.

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I can't find the reference, but I want to say that the one time it was discussed, we spoke of red, black, gold, white and tan. The actual break down of these colors was discussed, but again, I can't find the thread or notes about it. I've never attempted to paint her, but I've always wanted to.

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