Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blog Addresses

There are three blogs about our big blended family. This is the blog with narratives about family history beginning with my grandmother. It includes some family photos. This blog is virtually all about family photos with minor text as captions. Is mostly family recipes with photos of the originating cook. This is all about my father's side of the family, though you will find some Cafarellas hiding here and there among the photos.  This is all about my garden in Massachusetts including many plants from family members. NEW

Monday, June 18, 2012


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

If I missed your Father, please let me know, I may need a good photo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Disegni di Navi a Vela

I am just waiting in terror for some expert to go on the site, then tell me how inaccurate the ship drawings are.  There are a few factors against me. 
1.  All the ships that our grandparents used in the end of the 19th century are gone as far as I know. 
2.  Marcello Saija has put wonderful pictures in "Mercanti di Mare",  but they are usually showing the ships at painfully unrevealing angles.
3.  Many of the ships have regional differences, and names that are impossible to find on line or in books on the subject.  For instance, I have found plentiful references to Paranza, with many different regional configurations, none from the islands. There are all kinds of references to Paranzello, which I really want to see, but few can show them at a good angle, and most only give a description or are the name of some fish restaurant in Italy.
4.  Almost no picture or photo has a decent picture of people in them.  It is difficult to get a sense of scale.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Family Ships Cutter

This is a Cutter like the

Another in a series of sketches of ships owned by members of our Cincotta family in the Aeolian islands.  Print the pictures out on regular paper to get a better look at them.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Family Ships Paranza

This is a drawing of a Paranzello
similar to the
The figure may be a bit large. 
 Trying to find another image of Paranzello,
 as there are different versions for fishing and transport.

I Have to honest with you.  I admit that I do not really have a clue when it comes to sailing boats or ships.  I have been aboard a number of them, like Old Ironsides, and I have been on Feluccas in the Nile river.  But when I look at three different pictures of a boat, it has the same sail arrangement and they all have different names, I am stumped.  Of course you have to take into account the hull shape, the rigging and the angle of the masts etc.. But when I am looking at a series of nineteenth century engravings, I get pretty lost.  A Bilancella for instance can be 9-12 meters long, or as long as 20 meters when used for cargo.  This and other drawings I will post are the best approximation I can come up with.  They will just give you an idea.

Family Ships Bovo

This is a quick drawing of a
Bovo, similar to the
San Biagio and the San Biagio II

Here is a prime example of my confusion concerning these boats.  I have seen several pictures of boats very like this that are labelled as Bilancelle(Plural)  Then I see a picture of a Tartana, which has one mast with two sails and a bow sprit which is elsewhere described as a Bilancella.  So I encourage you to look at these for entertainment value, and maybe someday I can clarify the issues.  The spar at the back should perhaps have a couple of lines that extend from the end toward the waterline like the bow.