Sometime in the year 2000, I started participating in 18th century reenactments of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. This hobby has much to recommend it in the way of social, intelectual, and physical activity. I have made a vast number of friends and learned more skills and facts than in any other endeavor. Rather than history being a dull and dusty subject, it is a living, relevant part of life.
Currently this page has information that didn't fit on the other sections of my website. See also the page on Historical Surveying, my Reprinted Books, and the vast collection of Photographs.
|Bateau Wagon and Portage
September 2011 found the bateaux stranded on a muddy river bed. We built and used a bateau wagon to portage them back to safety.
|Transporting a Cannon by Boat
In May 2011, we loaded our cannon into a bateau and transported it across the Mohawk River. We did something novel that we had only read about.
|Items from Day Books
This is a list of items that were sold in Schenectady in the 1760s and 1770s. I've also included a few items from Albany from that time period. It gives some idea of what goods were available at the time.
|A New Sail for the Bateau
It was a monumental amount of work, but I made a new yard and a new sail for the bateau DeSager. The yard was hand-planed out of oak. The sail was entirely hand-sewn, and includes such features as bowline cringles. I can't say I'm eager to do it again, but I'm very proud of the way it came out.
|Bateau Commands - Short List - Full List
I have the priviledge of crewing a 1792 reproduction bateau owned by the Schenectady County Historical Society. Here is a list of 18th century commands used for rowing and sailing small boats, compiled by Reb and myself.
|New York State Maritime Law pertaining to the Bateau
Curious what laws affected us while boating, I have compiled a table of the New York State maritime laws that pertain to the bateau. There are some differences depending on whether we are a rowboat that can sail or a sailboat that has auxiliary oar power.
|Broadside from a Taylor, 1750
This is a scan of a broadside advertising "George Pettit, Taylor" in London, from perhaps 1750. His prices and terms are of interest to those curious about the fashions of those times. The actual date is uncertain. 1750 is marked in a faint hand at the bottom of the broadside. Certainly the font is from between 1735 and 1790.
|Fitted Stocking Pattern by Rebecca Manthey
Disgusted with the fit of modern elasticized stockings, Reb researched 18th century stockings. She summarizes her findings and supplies clear patterns. The patterns include how to properly measure one's legs, and details on short gore, long gore, and no-gore stockings. This is a 290 kb PDF file.
I can attest that these look good, wear well, and get many complements.
|18th Century Ligatures
Too many people that are trying to make something look like it is from the 18th century use the long s (what looks like an 'f' to modern readers) without knowing when it is supposed to be used. This is a paper I wrote based on examining several 18th century books. The font I used is one that I created to match the The Practical Surveyor from 1725. The font and MS-Word macros for automatically adding ligatures are availible in this file: wyld.zip. Please request permission before using the font commercially.
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