Roseann Casey Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:50:58
The differences between a cruise ship and ocean liner are large and noticeable. Ocean liners usually take passengers on trips from one point to another while cruises are round trip journeys with a greater amount of food and fuel required. Ocean liners are also built stronger and with larger capacities in general but lack many of the luxurious amenities that cruises have such as multiple pools or shops. Both ocean liners and cruises however are nearly identical in build and shape to each other. Several extremely famous ships are the Titanic her sister the Olympic and the Mauritania. As of this year 2011 the largest ship of this type in the world is the MS Allure of the Seas.
On the very edge where the horizon meets the sky a storm is slowly forming turning the waters of the ocean a dark gray. Dark clouds threaten to erupt with great deluges of rain. In a desperate bid to outmaneuver the storm a single ship sails ever faster. Unlike other ships the flag of this vessel is a pitch black color. With a bright white hue the jolly roger is emblemized on the flag itself with a large toothy smile. This flag confirms that the small ship is in fact a pirate ship. Carrying huge amounts of cargo while still maintaining optimal speed is not a problem for these ships. In many ways the pirate ship represents the adventure one can have on the high seas as well as the danger and the intrigue that is ever-present.
In the 1700s engineers started to develop and experiment with steam powered boats. By the 1800s the model paddle wheel steam boats were invented. By 1853 the propeller powered steam boat model was invented proving to be more efficient then the paddle wheel model. This dawned a new era of ship building; steel ships that replaced the traditional wooden model. Some of the most fascinating ships that are still in operation today were when the passenger cruise ships came on the seen. This RMS Titanic cruise ship was built in March 1909. In May 1911 this new steel model ship was launched which was a heavily publicized spectacle. Unfortunately at 11:40 pm on the 14th April 1912 the greatest maritime disaster in history began. Other models include the Normandie Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.
Prior to 1600 the bell would have been placed on the stern deck.The ships bell is usually located forward at the break of the forecastle on ship models prior to the 18th century then moved to the after end of the fore castle deck. The ships cook (or his staff) traditionally has the job of shining the ships bell. Bells cast from metal were first developed in the Bronze Age. The ships bell is usually made of brass or bronze bright finished on the outside only and normally has the ships name and date of commission engraved or cast on it then filled in with black enamel. The bell clapper and clapper pin are of a metal composition with a suitable eye in the end for attaching the lanyard. There is a supporting eyebolt. The clapper of the ships bell would be supported by a bronze lug. The ship modeler has the choice of making bells by turning from brass on a lathe electro plating shell method or buying a prefabricated bell. Same with the belfry. A belfry can be carved from wood sculptured from metal or you can buy one premade. On some vessels the bell assembly was hung from the belfry. On other vessels the bell was hung on a curved iron post that was fastened to the deck.