30 April 2012

In Port Recently

Some images of naval vessels that recently pulled into port at Hobart over the last few months. First two Royal New Zealand Navy ships visited during February. The first is one of their two Anzac class frigates, HMNZS Te Kaha and the other the fleet replenishment ship HMNZS Endeavour

Next are two Royal Australian Navy ships that were in port around ANZAC Day, HMAS Choules and HMAS Darwin. HMAS Choules is a amphibious warfare ship and recent addition to the RAN while HMAS Darwin is one the four remaining Adelaide class frigates.  

Don't Go Tell The Spartans

Carl visited once again last Friday evening with his Athenian and Spartan armies for a game. The game was played between Beth and Carl across a green plain bordered by hills and a river using Carl's preferred rules 'Field Of Glory'. Beth, playing the Spartans ignored my goading that she should rush her army forward to impale the Athenians on their spears, telling me that I should not base my suggested tactics on the '300' graphic novel and resultant movie. Instead Beth anchored her line between the hills and let the Athenians do all the rushing, eventually the Athenians unable to blunt the Spartan's spears with their innards melted away. Pausing only to salute Carl as they made their way back to their storage boxes. 

01 April 2012

HMB Endeavour - A nice way to pass the time.

The HMB Endeavour, a replica of the Cook's original is currently on a circumnavigation of Australia and has been open to the public during to stop over in Hobart. So never one to waste an opportunity I paid the price of admission and spent a few hours crawling (and at one point literally) over this excellent example of maritime history. 

The Endeavour was armed a number of swivel guns (anti personal weapons on posts around the edge of the ship) and ten 4 pounder cannon. 6 cannon were mounted on the deck and the remainder stored in the hold. But when the Endeavour ran aground off the coast of Queensland all but four were thrown over board to lighten the load.

The Endeavour is a accurate reproduction, even done to the caulking used to seal the deck.

During Cook's voyage the crew was fed sauerkraut in an effort to combat scurvy.

The Midshipmen/Mates mess has no head room what so ever. Endeavour started life as a collier and the mess deck was added during it's refit for Cook's voyage, the over riding need to be able to carry enough stores for a long voyage meant that the midshipman, mates, marines, servants and boys spent their time below decks crouched over.

And finally this brass ring surrounds the last trunnel (wooden nail) hammered into place. This trunnel was carried into space onboard the shuttle, Endeavour in 1992.