Bridget Aguilar Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 12:25:24
That the bell rope was not attached directly to the bell clapper suggests that in those early days the ships bell was not used to mark the passage of the hours and half-hours. Long ago time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. The sand glass on the deck was usually next to a bell (ships strike) and the ships boy (called a Grommet) was responsible for turning the glass over and ringing the ships bell at the same time so that the helmsman could make sure he turned his glass at exactly the same. The ships bell had many uses; to indicate the time aboard the ship and hence to regulate the sailors duty watches; for safety in foggy conditions; signaling; used in gunnery control; the Dutch Navy of the 17th century rang the bell as an order to open fire; as boat gongs indicating officers and dignitaries boarding or leaving the ship and one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ships bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings (the name of the baptized child would usually be engraved on the bell).
The fair winds blow strong across the steely blue waters of the open ocean. With such a favorable wind the water makes for smooth sailing. On the ocean a large gray ship is trawling ever closer. The ship itself moves quite quickly and with great velocity. The impressive bulk of the ship is what people first notice. The ship has a large central tower and a wide deck. The vessels tallest spire is extreme in both height and thinness. These ships in particular are built to remain in use on the ocean for great lengths of time. Having little to show in the way of damage on this ship the wear of constant sea journeys is extreme and it takes its toll on most other vessels.
\"A ship sailing is the most beautiful thing that man has made.\" Anyone who has ever seen a tall ship cutting the waves will agree. As impressive as the sight of such a ship at sea can be many people are fascinated by historic ship models too. Since ancient times ships have not only been used for transport but were also a means of demonstration of power and domination. Even the Egyptian pharaohs designed their vessels very beautifully. Fine ship models of that time were found as burial objects in pharaos graves in pyramids. They are displayed today in museums like the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. In the Mediterranean ships at that time were use by all peoples to travel transport and warfare.
Ship models are built-to-scale replicas or representations of sea-going vessels of all types. A model is a decorative art form that promises to enhance lifestyles throughout generations and to create lasting impressions; ship models are marked by elegance prestige and beauty and add luster to the interior of ones home yacht or office. Traditional ship models have been built of wood though current amateur kits provide models made of plastic. There are also models built of sheet metal. The ancient Egyptians were the first to make detailed ship models which were part of funeral practices. Wood models of a ship and crew with accurate details were included in the coffin.