** 30 days – 31 days out. For those of you who were planning to send me expensive gifts, I’d rather receive gold one-ounce Krugerrands. But yes, I’ll still accept the expensive gifts.
** Thanksgiving is over, so Christmas music on the radio may be appropriate even though it’s still November.
** Sometimes, I wonder what happened to people who asked me for directions.
** If your wife/girlfriend/significant whatever is upset with you, tell her that you’ll buy her some crayons if she wants to keep acting like a child. After hearing this, she’ll reflect on her behavior and calm down. Follow this blog for more helpful relationship advice.
** Are any of you willing to be selfless and serve your fellow man?
** If you want to know what the future holds (according to experts), you can look here. They’ll tell you that we are on the verge of an ice age and will burn to death from global warming at the same time (a fine trick). Naturally, paying more taxes to the government and donating liberally to communist activists and wizards will avert these disasters.
** In Canada – Passing through Hope-
** President Donald Trump said he’d consider Tucker Carlson as his running mate if he becomes the GOP’s 2024 nominee. If that happened, it would spice things up even more.
** NATO doesn’t want to sell Turkey (a sorta NATO member) fighter jets. Turkey, an undependable ally, is now threatening to buy Russian crap that has been so successful in Ukraine…it’s all a bit like bad kabuki theater. Would the Turks sell NATO tech to China or Russia? Does a turkey crap in the woods? Does it make a fine holiday meal? Does it pair well with avocado on a sandwich?
** And what of Fearless Leader, Boris & Natasha?
From the Days of Fighting Sail
HMS Victory’s gun ports, photo by Final Approach
A gun port is a square hole that is cut in the hull through which the cannons/ guns are fired. Each had its own port, and they lined the gun decks at the height of the gun’s muzzle, being closed with a port lid, hinged on the top, when not in use.
Early gunports were placed directly below each other (e.g., on the galleon Great Harry of 1514). But depictions from the 1520s already show the staggered arrangement. This reduced the stress on the ship’s hull caused by the recoil.
Until the Revolutionary War with France (1793–1801), the outside of the port-lid in the British Navy was painted the same color as the outside of the ship; the inside was red, as also were the sides of the ship, and, in a few cases, a strip of the gun-decks in the vicinity of the guns as well. The reason for this, it was said, was that any blood spilled in action would not show against the red paint and would, therefore not have a depressing effect on the gun crews.
USS Constitution’ s gun ports
Later, the fashion changed, and port-lids were painted in contrasting colors on the outside, usually black against white or yellow with the gun decks. This was known in the British Navy as ‘Nelson Chequer” and was introduced around 1805 when Nelson fought the battle of Trafalgar. This gave the familiar chequer pattern of British ships of the line. At about the same time, the inside color was changed to yellow. Since the War of 1812, the general ship color scheme changed to black and white the color scheme of American ships. And as painting became more and more expensive, the Royal Navy simply kept this color scheme.
But beware, not every gun port was a real one, especially larger merchant vessels like the India Companies painted gunports on their ships to suggest that it was a warship and not a merchant ship.
Identify the Aircraft
hint: Germany built 37 of these night bombers during WW1.