Re: 1812 Re: Brock's Monument
- Ian and Ron,
Incidentally the Wellington monument here in Wellington over looking
the M5 in Somerset (The CENTRE of the Civilized Universe!) has a very
similar problem and we await the National Trust's survey and a
proposal for restoration, costs of around £4 million ($8m USD/CDN) are
being talked about but there isn't a commitment or a timetable yet :-)
On 31 Jul 2008, at 22:28, ronpontiac wrote:
> --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Ian Gardner" <igardner@...> wrote:
> > I was by there a couple of weeks back and then again yesterday and
> > scaffolding is going up. After sitting closed, it's nice to see that
> > powers that be have realised the approaching bicentennial of the War
> > are attending to things.
> > Now if they could just get a crew to clear all the brush out from
> > front of the Redan, I'd be a happy camper. Checked with Parks Canada
> > scheduled completion is October '09. Don't suppose they could finish
> > the 13th?
> > Ian
> Brock's Monument was inspected on an annual basis by an engineering
> firm skilled in this stuff. When they discovered deteriorating mortar,
> Parks Canada had a more detailed survey undertaken showing that the
> loose mortar was a concern and falling mortar a potential danger to
> public. The monument was closed and a long scientific engineering
> study undertaken to determine the best way to restore the Monument to
> ensure its longetivity. Among other tests, boring, pressure tests,
> seismic studies and so on were undertaken. The latter showed that
> Queenston Heights is prone to earthquakes that could at some point in
> the future bring the whole monument down. A detailed restoration
> engineering design, building in earthquake precautions etc was
> undertaken. Meanwhile, the globe was being searched for stone that
> would blend with the original stone if any needed replacement. The
> money was set aside in the budget a few years ago. What you see is the
> final work after all of the preliminaries were undertaken. Parks
> Canada did not want to simply tuck point loose mortar but wanted to
> properly and scientifically restore the monument.
> You do them a great disservice suggesting that it was only the
> approaching bicentennial that prompted action. Action was prompted by
> the condition of the structure and Parks Canada's commitment to the
> preservation and presentation of our National Historic Sites. Money
> for such things is scarce and has to be used wisely and well.
> The Redan Battery is on Niagara Parks Commission land and they
> the vegetation in that area. This year's weather has been against
> Ron Dale
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You are dead on the mark. Even with the daily grinding of holystones
and swabbing, the tar seams were a great bother in the Carribean and
Mediterranean Seas. With the sunlight from directly overhead and
temperatures ranging from a "cool" 100 degrees F. through 130 degrees
F., shoes were known to stick and be pulled off (I assume the buckled
variety) just as they were known to fall from the yardarms. Some
officers and definitely all midshipmen were sent aloft.
Apparently there was no article of war to protect sailors from being
struck by the officers' shoes although the reverse would earn the
sailor a visit to see the Bosun's pet cat "Scourge".
Alternately, the swelling ridges and stickiness of the tar (and cord)
caulking would provide improved traction.
From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Dale Kidd
Sent: August 18, 2008 7:25 PM
Subject: 1812 Re: Seamen's Shoes
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Colin" <usmarine1814@...> wrote:
so How was this done in 1812? Different shoe construction? DIfferent
> materials.. Was sand on the deck more often than just in battle?
Certainly not sand. The daily swabbing of the deck each morning was
concluded with the decks being flogged (mopped) dry and clean.
A thought, though... The decks of period ships were caulked with tar,
which must have been fairly sticky in it's own right. I wonder if the
caulking strips between the deckboards provided some traction?