4, white washing of
the gun deck bulwarks.
It is known from ship's logs that the gun deck inner bulwarks were
white washed as their are numerous entries of re-application, below
is just one such example:
Do. Wr. Employed Painting
and White Washing between Decks
Answered signal for a Midshipman
5, painting of the
Although the exact appearance of the outer hull painting can not be
known for sure, it is known from ship's logs that the outer hull was
painted and blacked, from this information it is assumed that the
most likely appearance is as depicted by our kit:
Light Breezes and Clear Wr.
Sent two Men to the Hospital
Employed Painting and blaking the sides and bends ans: general
signal for a Lieut Rec'd fresh Beef & Bread
Note, the term 'bends' as used in the above log entry
is a common expression usually used to reference the wales.
Note 6, painting
of the quarter deck and forecastle bulwarks.
Although the colour of the quarter deck and forecastle inner bulwarks
is not mentioned it is clear that they were not white washed as per
the gun deck bulwarks; this is because there is a clear and consistent
difference in the log references. While all of the references to work
done on the gun deck specifically states 'white washed' (see Research
Note 4 above), the equivalent references to the quarter deck and forecastle
simply state that they are painted. With this in mind, the most common
colour for painting inner bulwarks was red ochre as depicted by our
Do. Wr. Answ'd sig for a Mid
am. emp'd painting the forecastle and Qr Deck.
Note 7, painting
of the lower masts.
Although the colour of the lower masts are not mentioned, there are
numerous references throughout the ship's logs to their being painted.
We have therefore chosen to show the lower masts as black, this was
the colour most commonly used on masts during this period. (Many modellers
familiar with HMS Victory will know that she had yellow lower masts
but it should be remembered that this was only introduced to the fleet,
by Nelson prior to The Battle of Trafalgar, as a quick means of recognising
Breezes & Cloudy Wr. People & Tradesmen emp'd as necessary.
am Do. Wr. Emp'd painting the lower masts & otherwise
Muster'd Ships Company open'd a Cask of Pork.
Further details will be added to this section as photos
of the prototype model are released.