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by Charles Darley

Navigation of the model at dusk

An evening picture showing the whole craft at the quay side at dusk - mast pond Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Bridge navigation lights, note that one red light is out and one green light is out. This shows the need for the additional lights in case of failure !!!

Stern and bridge lights.

With the plan to sail in a 24 hour sponsored event in 2001 there is a need to operate in the dark, on several occasions before such an event, else how would we find out and resolve problems. The following points have arisen from just a single sailing after dark:-

  1. It is very cold at night near the water in winter !!
  2. You need internal lighting in all parts of the model to aid repair and maintenance just as there would be on the real ship. The lighting will need to be on several independent fused circuits so that in the event of failure of one light ing circuit not all would be extinguished. The lighting will also need to be of the bulk head type used on a ship in so much as the lights cannot easily be knocked or broken. The model will then be a real miniature of the ship.
  3. You need a tool box that has lighting in it so that you do not have to rely upon a torch.
  4. You need additional lighting on stands.
  5. You have to think about operation of and repairs to the model in the RAIN!!!
  6. Many alterations will need to be made before the next sailing in the dark!!!

Here is MV Scot Ranger at one of her home ports - Rochester on the River Medway. She is unloading her cargo of timber by the use of the dock side cranes. It takes about 2 hours to unload the timber from her hold tops and then the hold are opened and further unloading takes place.

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