Black Country Muse


Busy Times Ahead.

Posted by Alaska. on January 25, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Keep the mind occupied. Well thats what we all get told when we get a bit older, isn't it. I think I may have taken on a bit too much lately. Not that I have been neglecting the website, I haven't, it's just that a few of my hobbies have taken up a little more of my time. First of all is the ship building. No, not anything you could sail away in, but currently a 3 foot long wooden warship, The Soveriegn of the Seas. This was Charles II conceipt, a largely vanitiy project that produced, at over a 100 guns, the biggest Warship of her time. It also very nearly bankrupted the country with it's elaborate decorations, and the many alrerations during her construction. I have, at the time of writting this blog, taken a break, and have included a picture of it's current state.

The website, I am pleased to say, is doing well, and over the last few months, many questions have been asked. I am grateful for the input of some of the members as well, who have added some very valuable information to various topics. Sharing material is one of the aims of this website, for it all adds to the pot of knowledge,which many involved in Genelogy Research will find useful. We will continue to do our best to answer, and help as best we can, but please bear in mind, research takes time. I would also like to thank the large number of members, who responded to the Christmas and New Year greetings, and a big thank you for all the sentiments and compliments we recieved. And now, a mention of my other hobby.

In 1983, I passed the Amatuer Radio Exam, and duly recieved my call sign. Unfortunately, some years later, I fell very ill, and had to call a halt. Late last year, I was " found ", by a previous fellow enthusiast, and encouraged to pick up the threads again. ( after nearly 25 years ) I now don't seem to have enough hours in the day to cram it all in. " Keep the mind occupied ", I said at the start of this blog, and I have certainly done that. What with erecting Long wire Antenna's, talking to Hams around the World, researching stuff for the Website, and fitting and rigging the ship it's no wonder I can't seem to find a few spare hours. If anyone else has the same problem, please contact me via the message service, or click the blue contact button, for I would be grateful for any hints on how to manage it all. In the meantime, I will take the opportunity of wishing all those that read this, a Happy and Properous 2016. Once again, thank you all for the support.

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Reply Pedro
8:15 AM on January 28, 2016 
I am sure the model will be magnificent when it is finished, and will give you great satisfaction. I hope you post a few pictures of it.

The mention of the ?Sovereign of the Seas? and models struck something in the back of my mind. I had never took much interest in the subject of history until 2002, when a chap called Phil Gyford started to put a page of Sam Pepys? Diary on his Blog each day. It was open to comments, and eventually gathered a worldwide following. Of course the Royal Sovereign (as it had then been renamed) would feature, but what was the connection with models?

After a bit of digging....the Sovereign of the Seas was built by Peter Pett, under the eye of his father Phineas Pett the master shipwright. Peter would later become Navy Commissioner.

He would be made scapegoat for the Dutch attack on the Medway in 1667...
...In 1667 Pett was blamed for the insufficient protection of the British fleet at Chatham, the charge being that he failed to tow the most capital ships higher up the river. Modern historians argue that it is doubtful whether this would have protected them, the Dutch being powerful enough to advance a few miles more, and that Pett didn't have enough manpower anyway. Being asked during the official investigation why he had brought his ship models into safety but not the ships themselves, he answered that the former were more valuable, much to the incredulous laughter of his accusers. Pett's view was that without the models it was impossible to build new ships, as it was not then feasible to build from drawings alone. Pett was fined and fired.
Reply Alaska.
9:36 AM on January 28, 2016 
Visitors to my home, always ask me about my connection to the Royal Navy. There isn't one sadly, the truth being, that I have been building model ships since I was eight years old Peter. I have several on display, and various others scattered around the family. My bookshelves are full of material/plans, etc, on the subject. I suppose you could call me a bit an anorak, for it takes a great deal of time, just getting a scale model to look the part, and as many had a long life and many refits, just at what stage to diplay it at. ( That doesn't include the research beforehand ) Thanks for the interest, and I will pop on a few pictures taken during part of the constuction.