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Jon Sorensen modified a kit to create this navel battle station out of hardwoods.
Cannons and carronades were the “heavy artillery” of fighting ships well into the 19th Century. They recoiled fiercely, their barrels grew hot enough to burn the gunners, and once in a while, explode. They were heavy enough that a crew of seven usually man-handled them back into position once they were fired. Cannon balls were rammed down the barrels, powder poured into the breech, then lit with a match, or later, a flintlock. They were deafening when fired.
Period: 1700-1800 This model is 10” x 10” Scale: 1:23
John Walsh built this model from a kit over a span of seven months. It’s a limewood plank-on-bulkhead type.
HMS Beagle was a10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 11 May 1820. In July of that year she took part in a fleet review celebrating the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom in which she was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge. She was adapted as a survey barque and took part in three expeditions. On the second survey voyage the young naturalist Charles Darwin was on board, and his work would eventually make the Beagle a most famous ship.
Period: mid-19th Century Model length: 27”, height: 21” Scale: 3/16”= 1ft.
Erik Collett spent 150 hours building this Norwegian Viking Ship model.
The hull is built from oak planks, glued together and then glued to the
ribs. The wood was then sealed with flat varnish. The sail is cotton.
The original ship was built in 815AD and was used as a burial ship after 20 years of icoastal trading. It was discovered on an Oseberg, Norway farm in 1904. It has been restored and can be seen today at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. The ship was 71 feet long, 17 feet wide. The mast was 40 feet tall and carried a 30feet wide, 15 feet long sail. Square homespun wool was used for the sail. The squares were sewn together with strips of leather. There are 15 oar holes on each side. The rudder was an enlarged oar fitted on the aft starboard side.
Period: 815-834, now restored Model length: 17”, height 10” Scale:1:50
Jim Blackwell modified a kit model of this tugboat. It is wooden throughout.
The Seguin was built in Maine in 1884. She spent her first years towing sailing vessels in the Kennebec River and barges along the Atlantic Coast. In the early 1900’s, she became a New York harbor tug. She was retired in 1967.
Period: 1884-1967 Model length: 26” Scale: 1/4”=1ft.
Bob Slattery built this steam fishing trawler from scratch of wood and some brass.
The Laura S was steam fishing trawler built before the First World War, but was used as a mine sweep during that conflict.
Period: early 20th Century
Model length: 17”, height: 11”
Jon Sorensen built this model from a plastic kit which he modified to add more authentic detail. This is a radio-controlled model.
PT (short for “Patrol Torpedo”) Boats of World War Two were called “Devil Boats” by the Japanese, and “the mosquito fleet” by the sailors who manned them. They were fast, elusive and harassed Japanese supply ships as well as smaller war ships. They were small (30-75 tons) and fast (35-40 knots).
Period: WW II
Model length: 40”
Scale: not provided
Erik Collett is building this Danish warship from a kit he is modifying. It boasts four different woods – birch, pine, walnut and cherry. So far he has invested about 500 hours in her construction.
The Norske Love was built in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1764-1767. It was named after the Norwegian Royal Coat of Arms. Her ornaments represented daily life in Norway. It was mostly a guard ship in Danish waters. She carried 70 cast iron cannons and a crew of 667 sailors and soldiers. She was converted to a shelter for homeless in 1795. In 1798 she was deleted from the naval registry. The model is based upon original construction drawings.
Period: last half of 18th Century
Model length: 40”, height: 36”
W.C. “Dub” Swadley estimates he spend 600 hours building this model from scratch. It is fashioned from white pine and basswood.
The Cairo was an iron-clad river gunboat in the Union’s Western Gunboat Fleet before becoming a Navy gunboat.. She served in several battles on the upper Mississippi River. She was sunk by a mine on the Yazoo River in 1862. The Cairo was recovered from the river bed in 1964and partially restored. She is on display today in the Vivksberg Military Park.
Period: American Civil war
Model length: 26”, width: 13”
Scale: 1/8”=1 ft.
Jon Sorensen built these two models of hardwood, one exactly 50% scale of the other. These tug boats, though generic, represent tugs that operated in harbors at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Period: Early 1900’s
Larger model: 14” long
Scale: not given
Jim Blackwell modified a kit of this historic vessel by substituting better wood.
The Santa Maria was Columbus’ flagship when he landed in the New World. She was three-masted and square-rigged, about 85 feet in length with a crew of forty. Top speed was eight knots, cruising speed of four knots. She ran aground on Christmas Eve, 1492, off the coast of Haiti.
Model length: 21”, height: 16”