As some of you might know I'm currently building the "La Formidable" along with Port Augustine but this day is special:
The Grand opening of the "La Formidable".
The ship is opened like the traditional way, because I like old traditions.
First, the governor's wife will baptise the ship by smashing a bottle of champagne against it.
Because the new ship has no cannons or a crew on board it might be an easy prey for enemies, the soldiers keep a sharp eye.
Now the cruel part of the ceremony...
Before the ship is tasting the water, it's still in the dry dock.
Some poles keep the ship from shoving into the sea.
To shove the ship into the sea, the poles should be removed. And so they did, until the last one.
This pole is very dangerous because if you take this one the ship will roll over you if you aren't fast enough.
It was a tradition to let a prisoner take the last pole, if he made it he was set free. If he didn't made it....we'll find out.
The prisoner walks to the last pole...
He takes it...
He runs for his life...
But the poor lad didn't made it and was crushed by the ship.
It finally floats! As you see the hull is completed!
The stern was a hard part to do and it still could use some improvements but I'm happy till now.
As you see I couldn't resist to put some parrots on it again.
I've created a tumblehome effect in the hull and tiled it. The rings on it are for the rigging.
It has quite a length and needs a lot of space to not to be damaged.
I was wondering if tan decks would look better or not.
Well, that was it for now. Hopefully you've enjoyed it!
I will post ship updates in this topic from now on.
Comments appreciated as always!
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EDIT: Poll added.
Edited by Cap'n Blackmoor, 17 February 2009 - 06:08 PM.