Thursday, February 22, 2018
Armored Launch 1803
A fun build however my only complaint is to plank the hull on this model required that the hull be planked three times. this could have be done once, though I'm sure some would argue otherwise.
Originally a launch was the largest boat carried by a warship in the age of sail. The word comes from the Spanish lancha ("barge") and Portuguese, from Malay lancharan ("boat"), from lanchar ("velocity without effort").
In the Age of Sail, a ship carried a variety of ship's boats of different sizes and used for different purposes. In addition to the launch, examples include the jolly boat, captain's gig, pinnace, and cutter. Distinctions among the smaller vessels were clear, both in design and purpose. In the age of motorized ships, these distinctions of size and purpose have largely disappeared, but the terms continue in use.
In the 18th century, a launch was used to set the large anchors on a ship. The launch of that era had a square transom and was about 24 feet long. In 1788 Captain Bligh was set adrift in Bounty’s launch.
" In 1788 Captain Bligh was set adrift in Bounty’s launch." Not true Lieutenant Bligh was set adrift in the Bounty's Jolly Boat which made I'm sure made life aboard the open ocean more difficult.