Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sam seems to have produced an early spreadsheet, and without the help of Microsoft, no less...
"Sam's early spreadsheet" - Ding Kalis, you are surely spot on. For this Encyclopedia entry, here is the part of the Nov. 12 1662 Diary entry to which you refer: "From thence, without drinking a drop of wine, home to my office and there made an end, though late, of my collection of the prices of masts for these twelve years to this day, in order to the buying of some of Wood, and I bound it up in painted paper to lie by as a book for future use." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/11/15/
“masts of New England; …”Courtesy of Michael Robinson on Mon 28 Nov 2005, 7:49 am | Link
For an older history of the Mast Road in New Hampshire and brief discussion of the the marking of suitable white pine trees as “King’s Wood” see below. A “spoiler alert,” however, this does include some discussion of the mast business in New England in the later C 17th. and C 18th.:
“masts of New England;"Courtesy of Bob T on Mon 28 Nov 2005, 1:18 pm
There are a lot of places here in New Brunswick, (Eastern Canada), where there are large stands of tall, very straight trees. One of their characteristic is, they don’t have any branches, except at the top.... They are called “Navy Pines” locally.
Terry F on Wed 30 Nov 2005, 8:58 pmBob T, are “Navy Pines” Eastern white pines? These are large (>40 m) trees… which historically were prized for their use as ships’ masts. http://www.globalforestscience.org/research/tre...
Storage of and names of and how measured see Seamans Grammar:....Mafts and yards are chained together in fome greater water to keep then from rotting ... The Seamans Grammar pg 2
The Main Mast : The Rule moft ufed is to take the 4/5 parts of the breadth of the Ship and multiply that by three  it will give you fo many foot as your Main-maft fhould be in length, the bigneft or thicknefs will Bear it alfo, allowing an inch a yard.e.g. 30 ft beam requires a Mast of 72 ft [24 yds]
more on Maft and yards:Main Mast [main-maft] may be made in more than one piece.[ an arme-maft if it must be fpliced ].Fore-Maft length 4/5 of main Maft.Boultspret maft [one lyeth over the bow , Beak-head]] muft be equal with the fore-Maft.Mifen-Maft half of the length of the Main-Maft.Now as you take the proportion of the Mast from the Beam , so do you the length of the yards from the Keel. E.g. if Main be 24 yds , 24 inches thorow, allowing an inch for every yard....Fore be 20 yds,20 inches thorowMifen 12yds and 12 inches diameter.
Yards fuppofe, the Ship be 76 foot at the Keel, her main yard muft be 21 yards in length, and in thicknest but 17 inchesFore-yard 19 yards long, and 15 inches diameter or thick. The fret-fail yard 16 yards long but 9 inches thick, and your Mifen-fail yard so long as the Maft,the Top -yards bears half proportion to the main, and the Fore-yard, and the Top-Gallants, the half to them; the rule is not abfolute,....crofsjack-yard and Spret-fail Yard... Miffen-yard and Spret-fail.........but lengths, breadths, depths, rakes and burthens are fo variable and different,that nothing but experience can poffibly teach it.more more details Seamans Grammar P22/23/24
NOT an annotation: who played Sam, in the late 50s or early 60s version of the diary ,on black and white TV. dispute here! I say James Hayter, wife says Peter Sallis! settle please.posted here because no activity in discussion group
Rigging, Masting, and SailmakingSundry sources, most from the 18-18chttp://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Rigging/Riggi...
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