The Racing Knockabout Gosling

The Racing Knockabout Gosling.

Gosling was the winning yacht of 1897 in one of the best racing classes now existing in this country, the Roston knockabout class. The origin of this class dates back about six years, when Carl, a small keel cutter, was built for C. H. W. Foster, of Boston. She differed from the small keel yachts then numerous about Boston and Marblehead mainly in that her lines were thoroughly modern, and her form a great improvement on the older boats; while her rig, being intended merely for “knocking about” off Marblehead in any weather, without regard to racing, was simplified by the absence of a bow sprit, a small jib being set with the tack fast to the stemhead. The little boat soon became noted through her good performance, especially in bad weather, and her evident utility, and others were built to about the same dimensions, the name “knockabout” attaching itself to the class by common consent as it gradually assumed a definite shape. It was soon discovered that the boats could be raced, and that there was far less arduous work and more real pleasure in sailing them than the absurd machines of the then existing 21 ft. open class, with nearly twice the area of sail on the same waterline.

Through 1893 and 1894 the racing of these boats, by this time quite numerous, became a recognized institution about Boston waters, from Marblehead to Hull, and in the fall of the latter year there was organized the Knock about Association, with definite rules to restrict the building. The season of 1895 saw some new boats in the racing, specially designed to the limit of the new rules, while some of the slower of the original boats naturally dropped out; the class showed about fifteen starters in the season’s races, the winning boat being Spinster, owned by L. M. Clark, president of the Y. R. A. of Massachusetts. In the following year the racing became still keener, largely through the addition of a Herreshoff boat, Cock Robin, that proved exceptionally fast. Second to her, however, out of a racine fleet of a round dozen, was Bo Peep, owned by Mr. Clark and F. O. North, both of Dorchester.

Carl was built by the George I.awley & Son Corporation, of South Boston, builders of Puritan, Mayflower, Merlin, Jubilee, Sachem, Aleaea and many other large yachts, with small ernes of all kinds, and Spinster came from the same yard, as did many of the early knockabouts, including two for Mr. North. Bo Peep was ordered by Messrs. Clark and North after the season of 1896 was well under way and the superior speed of Cock Robin had become a matter of note among yachtsmen; she was designed by George F. Lawley, president of the corporation. In twelve races she won seven firsts and two seconds, being third on each of the other three occasions, her season’s average being 72.9, all of her races being sailed between Aug. 13 and Sept. 21.

The success of Bo Peep induced her owners to try again for the honor of heading what was now becoming a very lively racing class, and to this end Mr. Lawley designed Gosling, his firm building her in the winter of 1896-7. She was raced steadilv last season, starting twenty-six times and scoring seven firsts, eight seconds and four thirds, with an association percentage of 46 as compared to 37 of the second boat in the class; thus winning the Y. R. A. championship medal and pennant of the knockabout class. A comparison of the present design with that of Carl, published some time since in the Forest and Stream, will show the changes necessitated by the continual demand for higher speed in the class; Gosling being built as closely as possible to the limit, which is as follows:

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A knockabout is a sea-worthy keel boat (not to include fin-keel), decked or half decked, of fair accommodations, rigged simply without bowsprit, and with only main sail and one headsail. The load waterline length shall not exceed 21ft. The beam at the load waterline shall be at least 7 and not more than 8ft. The freeboard shall be not less than 2oin. The forward side of the mast at the deck shall be not less than 5ft. from the forward end of the load waterline. The planking, including deck, shall be not less than 3/4in., finished. The frames shall be not less than 12in. on centers. The deadwood shall be filled in, the rudder shall be hung on the sternpost. The outside ballast shall be not less than 3,5oolbs. The limits of freeboard, beam, planking, frames, deadwood, rudder, place of mast and amount of outside ballast shall not exclude any exist ing knockabout boats which otherwise come within the restrictions. The actual sail area shall be not over 5oosq.ft., not over 400 of which shall be in the mainsail. Only mainsail and jib shall be allowed, but a storm jib may be substituted for a working jib.

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While Gosling, like all of the later boats of the class, complies literally with the above restrictions, there is very little wasted in the effort to secure accommodation at the price of speed, the displacement and depth being cut to a minimum, and there being but a low cuddy un der the forward deck. As the class now is, the boats are built for racing only, which end they answer admirably. Gosling’s dimensions and elements are:

  • Length over all……………………….30ft.   7 1/2in.
  •         L.W.L……………………………..20ft.       10in.
  • Overhang, bow………………………..4ft. 10 1/2in.
  •                     stern……………………….5ft.
  • Beam, extreme…………………………7ft.    7 1/2in.
  •         L.W.L……………………………….7ft.           1in.
  • Freeboard, least………………………1ft.    8 1/2in.
  • Sheer bow………………………………1ft.
  •             stern……………………………….               2in.
  • Draft, extreme…………………………..5ft,   2 1/2in.
  • Displacement, long tons…………….2.55
  •                             pounds……………..5,700
  • Coefficient of displacement………… .44
  • Ballast, long tons……………………  15.66
  •                pounds……………………….3,500
  • Ratio of ballast to displacement …..   .61
  • Midship section, area. sq. ft………….9.75
  •               coefficient……………………….. .20
  • Lateral plane, area, sq. ft………….  46.50
  •                coefficient…………………..       .43
  • L.W.L. plane, area, sq. ft………..   104.40
  •                coefficient…………………..       .70
  • Midship section from Station O…  11.70
  • Coefficient………………………………..     .56
  • C. B. from Station O……………………  11.60
  • Coefficient……………………………….      .56
  • C. E. from Station O………………….    11.50
  • C. E. above L.W.L…………………….
  • Mast from Station O…………………       5ft.      4 1/2in.
  •          deck to truck…………………….      29ft,    3in.
  • Boom………………………………………      21ft.    6in.
  • Gaff…………………………………………      14ft.
  • Mainsail, hoist………………………….      21ft.
  •                    leech…………………………      34ft.   6in.
  • Jib. luff……………………………………       21ft.
  •         leech…………………………………      19ft.   6in.
  •         foot…………………………………..      10ft.  4in.
  • Mainsail, area, sq. ft…………………      392
  • Jib. area. sq. ft…………………………       104

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  • Total……………………………………..         496

We are indebted to the Lawley & Son Corporation for the lines of Gosling, the photo is by N.L. Stebbins, of Boston

 

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Traditional British Christmas Pudding Recipe by Pen Vogler from the Charles Dickens Museum

Ingredients

85 grams all purpose flour pinch of salt 170 grams Beef Suet 140 grams brown sugar tsp. mixed spice, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, &c 170 grams bread crumbs 170 grams raisins 170 grams currants 55 grams cut mixed peel Gram to [...] Read more →

The Perfect Salad Dressing

The following recipes are from a small booklet entitled 500 Delicious Salads that was published for the Culinary Arts Institute in 1940 by Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc. 153 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

If you have been looking for a way to lighten up your salads and be free of [...] Read more →

The Intaglio Processes for Audubon’s Birds of America

Notes on the intaglio processes of the most expensive book on birds available for sale in the world today.

The Audubon prints in “The Birds of America” were all made from copper plates utilizing four of the so called “intaglio” processes, engraving, etching, aquatint, and drypoint. Intaglio [...] Read more →

Indian Modes of Hunting – Setting Fox Traps

Aug. 13, 1898 Forest and Stream, Pg. 125

Game Bag and Gun.

Indian Modes of Hunting. III.—Foxes.

The fox as a rule is a most wily animal, and numerous are the stories of his cunning toward the Indian hunter with his steel traps.

Beef Jerky

BEEF JERKY

Preparation.

Slice 5 pounds lean beef (flank steak or similar cut) into strips 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, 1 to 2 inches wide, and 4 to 12 inches long. Cut with grain of meat; remove the fat. Lay out in a single layer on a smooth clean surface (use [...] Read more →

Mrs. Beeton’s Poultry & Game – Choosing Poultry

To Choose Poultry.

When fresh, the eyes should be clear and not sunken, the feet limp and pliable, stiff dry feet being a sure indication that the bird has not been recently killed; the flesh should be firm and thick and if the bird is plucked there should be no [...] Read more →

Fresh Water Angling – The Two Crappies

 

July 2, 1898 Forest and Stream,

Fresh-Water Angling. No. IX.—The Two Crappies. BY FRED MATHER.

Fishing In Tree Tops.

Here a short rod, say 8ft., is long enough, and the line should not be much longer than the rod. A reel is not [...] Read more →

Something about Caius College, Cambridge

Gate of Honour, Caius Court, Gonville & Caius

Gonville & Caius College, known as Caius and pronounced keys was founded in 1348 by Edmund Gonville, the Rector of Terrington St Clement in Norfolk. The first name was thus Goville Hall and it was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [...] Read more →

Coffee & Cigarettes

Aw, the good old days, meet in the coffee shop with a few friends, click open the Zippo, inhale a glorious nosegay of lighter fluid, fresh roasted coffee and a Marlboro cigarette….

A Meta-analysis of Coffee Drinking, Cigarette Smoking, and the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

We conducted a [...] Read more →

Fruits of the Empire: Licorice Root and Juice

Liquorice, the roots of Glycirrhiza Glabra, a perennial plant, a native of the south of Europe, but cultivated to some extent in England, particularly at Mitcham, in Surrey.

Its root, which is its only valuable part, is long, fibrous, of a yellow colour, and when fresh, very juicy. [...] Read more →

A Cure for Distemper in Dogs

 

The following cure was found written on a front flyleaf in an 1811 3rd Ed. copy of The Sportsman’s Guide or Sportsman’s Companion: Containing Every Possible Instruction for the Juvenille Shooter, Together with Information Necessary for the Experienced Sportsman by B. Thomas.

 

Transcript:

Vaccinate your dogs when young [...] Read more →

Why Beauty Matters

Roger Scruton by Peter Helm

This is one of those videos that the so-called intellectual left would rather not be seen by the general public as it makes a laughing stock of the idiots running the artworld, a multi-billion dollar business.

https://archive.org/details/why-beauty-matters-roger-scruton

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Pickled Eels

Vintage woodcut illustration of a Eel

 

This dish is a favorite in Northern Europe, from the British Isles to Sweden.

Clean and skin the eels and cut them into pieces about 3/4-inch thick. Wash and drain the pieces, then dredge in fine salt and allow to stand from 30 [...] Read more →

Zulu Yawl

Dec. 10, 1898 Forest and Stream Pg. 477-479

Zulu.

The little ship shown in the accompanying plans needs no description, as she speaks for herself, a handsome and shipshape craft that a man may own for years without any fear that she will go to pieces [...] Read more →

A History of Fowling – Ravens and Jays

From A History of Fowling, Being an Account of the Many Curios Devices by Which Wild Birds are, or Have Been, Captured in Different Parts of the World by Rev. H.A. MacPherson, M.A.

THE RAVEN (Corvus corax) is generally accredited with a large endowment of mother wit. Its warning [...] Read more →

The First Christian Man Cremated in America

Laurens’ portrait as painted during his time spent imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he was kept for over a year after being captured at sea while serving as the United States minister to the Netherlands during the Revolutionary War.

The first Christian white man to be cremated in America was [...] Read more →

A Survey of Palestine – 1945-1946

This massive volume gives one a real visual sense of what it was like running a highly efficient colonial operation in the early 20rh Century. It will also go a long way to help anyone wishing to understand modern political intrigue in the Middle-East.

Click here to read A Survey of Palestine [...] Read more →

Here’s Many a Year to You

” Here’s many a year to you ! Sportsmen who’ve ridden life straight. Here’s all good cheer to you ! Luck to you early and late.

Here’s to the best of you ! You with the blood and the nerve. Here’s to the rest of you ! What of a weak moment’s swerve ? [...] Read more →

Catholic Religious Orders

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the mendicant Order of Friars Minor, as painted by El Greco.

Catholic religious order

Catholic religious orders are one of two types of religious institutes (‘Religious Institutes’, cf. canons 573–746), the major form of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. They are organizations of laity [...] Read more →

Valentine Poetry from the Cotswold Explorer

 

There is nothing more delightful than a great poetry reading to warm ones heart on a cold winter night fireside. Today is one of the coldest Valentine’s days on record, thus, nothing could be better than listening to the resonant voice of Robin Shuckbrugh, The Cotswold [...] Read more →

Tobacco as Medicine

The first published illustration of Nicotiana tabacum by Pena and De L’Obel, 1570–1571 (shrpium adversana nova: London).

Tobacco can be used for medicinal purposes, however, the ongoing American war on smoking has all but obscured this important aspect of ancient plant.

Tobacco is considered to be an indigenous plant of [...] Read more →

Classic Restoration of a Spring Tied Upholstered Chair

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This video by AT Restoration is the best hands on video I have run across on the basics of classic upholstery. Watch a master at work. Simply amazing.

Tools:

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