Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9/28/16 Report - Hurricane Coming? Portuguese Nau From The Pepper Wreck. Settler's Cabin.

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3-D Model of 17th-century Portuguese Nau Known From the Pepper Wreck.
Source: Thesis presented below.

I found a Texas A and M Master's thesis by Aubrey Wells that will help you visualize a 17th-century nau.  The title of the thesis is Virtual Reconstruction of a Seventeenth-Century Portuguese Nau.  The thesis involves the development of a 3-D virtual model of the ship now known as the Pepper Wreck.

Above is an illustration from the thesis showing cut-aways and how the cargo was stowed.  Of course, that is only one of the illustrations in the thesis.  Here is what the thesis says about that figure.

Above the gun deck is the main deck (see Fig. 48). The bow area is roofed by the forecastle, and was divided into small rooms. The stern area is roofed by the quarterdeck and was left open for the operation of the rudder. The central area is exposed to air, sometimes called the weather deck. On this level I included 64 pipa-size barrels, 56 quarto-size barrels, 20 small jars, 1 large jar, 46 boxes, and 27 baskets. I left this level somewhat open for occupation by people, and included 22 mattresses tucked away or laid out for use.

Below you can get an idea of what the virtual immersive view would be like.

A Virtual Immersive View From the 3-D Model.
Source: Wells Thesis
Even if you have no interest in 3-D modeling, you still might want to take a look at this thesis because the illustrations are interesting.

Here is the link.


While on the topic of illustrations, here is one that I found that is of much interest to me.  It is a picture of a cabin built by one of my ancestors in the 1700s on the frontier in what is now the panhandle of West Virginia.

The parents and boys lived in the wooded hills that I know very well.  The parents were killed by Indians.  Lewis, and another boy was captured by the Indians, but escaped.  Lewis had a musket wound to the sternum.

As much as we enjoy the small artifacts that have endured the centuries, being able to visualize what has not physically survived gives more meaning to those artifacts.

Imagine cutting the trees and constructing a cabin with the few hand tools they had.


As you can see there is still one disturbance that has a good chance of becoming a cyclone sometime in the next few days.

The latest prediction shows it becoming a hurricane, moving west and then turning north, possibly crossing over Cuba and coming towards Florida.

There are currently a few (very few) places out there where the sand has been slowly eroding over the past few months, but it isn't good enough that there is much of a chance of finding anything old other encrusted pieces of iron or copper or something like that.

Happy hunting,