Questions for Mariner

Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Strum » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:50 pm

I think I know the Brass Monkey one. The Brass Monkey is the triangular base that holds a stack of Cannon Balls and water would collect in the gaps between the Balls and if it froze the ice expands knocking the Balls off.
Something like that haha. :D
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Holla » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:05 pm

Thats what i was told, but what is a brass monkey for and is that its real name ?
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:16 pm

Holla wrote:Hi mariner
Q 1 whats a powder monkey

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A Royal Navy term from the age of cannons
He carried gun powder to the cannon
usually done by young boys
it was very dangerous on a gun deck during combat
when those old cannons fired the leapt backwards
the gunners knew where to stand
but the unfortunate powder monkeys .... ....
when a cannon leapt back with recoil
- you had better be well clear of it
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the cannons were held by ropes
if they were tied too tightly
they would still leap back with the recoil
and the ropes could snap
as the ship, in combat, would pitch and roll
the cannon, free of its ropes, would slide all over the deck
crushing any in its path
::::hence the term "loose cannon"
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:23 pm

Strum wrote:I think I know the Brass Monkey one. The Brass Monkey is the triangular base that holds a stack of Cannon Balls and water would collect in the gaps between the Balls and if it froze the ice expands knocking the Balls off.
Something like that haha. :D


I have heard that as well, but I doubt it.
You couldn't do that at sea, as ships pitched and rolled those cannon balls would go anywhere and everywhere
The Royal Navy had wooden planks with holes bored into them, known as shot garlands to hold cannon balls
there was one beside each gun
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:34 pm

a true story - someone I know - but will not name - I'll call him X
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when Collins Barracks was being vacated by the army and handed over to the national museum
there were some old cannon balls
does any museum want one?
so X drove out to Collins barracks
It took three soldiers to lift a large cannon ball into the boot of his car
He was turning into Blackrock on his way to D/L
(I think this was before the by pass was built)
whem the cannon ball moved and went straight through the side of his car!
general consteration ensued
- -
later he brought his car to a body shop to be repaired
they looked in disbelief - "it looks like it was hit by a cannon ball"
X replied "yes - how did you know?"
- - -
he had full comp, don't know if it affected his no claims
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Holla » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:02 pm

I saw a programme on tv this guy was on an old yacht he showed this instrument made of brass which he called a brass monkey it had something to do with weather temperature and when it froze the brass balls would drop off this he said was where the term freeze the balls of a brass monkey came from what do ya think spoof or wha ??
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:21 pm

well if your tv program says its true, then it must be, mustn't it?

I don't know

I don't know why there is a thread called "Questions for Mariner" on this board

So let me say - I do not know everything - I have been wrong/mistaken in the past - and will be again

having said that, we are an island nation, we should be interested in our maritime heritage
and if you agree with that, come along on tuesday
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Strum » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:30 pm

Ah don't be modest Mariner. You're a mine of info thanks. :D
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Holla » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:35 pm

sorry mariner iam not trying to catch you out or anything like that the questions were only asked in light hearted banter it was only a tv show i dont know if it was correct ,as for next week thanks for the invite but i just dont have the time.but i thank you for sharing your info.
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:27 pm

don't worry
an thanks to Sinead
who identified another error of mine
and PMed me the correction
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby grammer » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:43 pm

pay no attention to these whipper snappers :D :D :D mariner
as strum has said you are mother lode of information --
thanks for sharing --
and yes there should be a "Questions for Mariner"
look at the amount of info you have shared and brought to light

thanks a again- Ive learned a lot anyway.
sent from my PC and typed on a keyboard (old fashioned black colour) using three fingers
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby johndle » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:58 pm

Mariner What horses are going to Win on Monday ???
I want to place a few Bets ;) ;)
Also can you tell me Who is going to Win the Election ??
Thanks Shipmate or I should I say Mariner
:P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:53 am

johndle wrote:Mariner What horses are going to Win on Monday ???
I want to place a few Bets ;) ;)
Also can you tell me Who is going to Win the Election ??
Thanks Shipmate or I should I say Mariner
:P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P


ok

there are four seats in D/L

I predict: the DDR party will top the poll
closely followed by New Vision
then Christian Solidarity
the fourth seat will be hotly contested by two independents
Victor Boyhan will just shade it over Mike Deegan
which isn't fair as Mike has MS

to repeat:
1 - Direct Democracy Ireland - Raymond Whitehead
2 - New Vision - Nick Crawford
3 - Christian Solidarity - Daire Fitzgerald
4 - Progressive Democrat - Victor Boyhan
or - Mike Deegan -
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Denis Cromie » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:43 am

You're a top man Mariner and I love the maritime info you provide. You're predictions for the Dun Laoghaire constituency look a little bit like the horses I tend to go for but then I always live in hope. :lol:
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Re: Questions for Mariner

Postby Mariner » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:14 pm

and I'm hoping that I'll meet some here tomorrow evening
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we need volunteers to reopen the museum
meeting tomorrow at 8 in the Dun Laoghaire Club
(also known as the Eblana Club)
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