USS-Maine - Ed Quam

Ed Quam build this highly modified kit in about 1800 hours.

Ed Quam modified this model from a kit in an estimated 1800 hours. It’s made from basswood, brass, cast resin, fiber and paint.

The USS Maine (ACR-1) was the United States Navy’s second commissioned pre-dreadnought battleship, although she was originally classified as an armored cruiser. She is best known for her catastrophic loss in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. Maine had been sent to Havana, Cuba to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain.

Period: 1890’s
Model size: 38” long, 14” tall
Scale: 3/32”=1ft

Spanish Carrack


Mark Persichelli crafted this replica of a full-size replica of the Santa Maria

Mark Persichetti built this 40-year-old plastic, injection-moulded kit.

This carrack, is very similar to Columbus’s Nina, Pint and Santa Maria. In fact, this model is based upon the plans for a reconstruction of the Santa Maria replica now in Barcelona, Spain.

Period: 1470
Model length: 24”, height: 18”
Scale: not provided

Whaling Launch

Whaling-launch - Jon Sorensen

Detailed model of a typical whaling launch by Jon Sorensen

Jon Sorensen built this generic whaling launch from a kit he then modified. It is hardwood.

A whaling ship would normally carry six or more launches in which the crew would advance upon a whale intending to harpoon the beast. Many launches might be lost over the course of a four-year whaling expedition, so a boatwright might be part of the crew in order to repair or even construct new boats.

Period: 19th Century
Model length: 24”, height: 18”
Scale: 1”=1ft.


SS Portland

Ed Quam’s SS Portland – from a kit with many modifications

Ed Quam constructed this model from a kit but modified it considerably. Materials include basswood, styrene, metal and fiber.

The Portland was an intercoastal side wheel steam boat designed to carry passengers and cargo between Boston and Portland, Maine. She was caught in a “nor’easter” and sunk with all hands on board. The wreckage was founded in 1988 by the Historical Maritime Group of New England off the coast of Cape Ann..

Period: 1890’s
Model length: 42”, height: 14”
Scale: 1/8” – 1 ft.

Venetian Galleass


Mark Persichelli added features to this plastic model kit of an early Venitian galley.

Mark Persichetti built this plastic kit of this galley. It was modified by adding details such as oars, and rigging blocks

A galleass from Venice, it was one of a half-dozen of oversized galleys used by this city-state in the Battle of Lepanto against the Turkish fleet. Galleass’ were used as focal points for three Christian battle fleets. The galleass were used to break through the Turkish battle lines so the smaller Christian galleys could attack the disorganized Turks.

Period: 1571
Model length: 17”. Height: 14”

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark - Persichetti

Mark Persichetti is in the process of building Cutty Sark, famous British clipper ship

Mark Persichetti is building this plank-on-bulkhead kit model of this famous British clipper ship. Planking is mahogany. He cut the frames from printed plywood supplied in the kit and assembled them into this skeletal framework.

February16th,1870, Cutty Sark left London bound for Shanghai, via the Cape of Good Hope, on her first voyage. She is a fabled clipper in service of the tea trade. She is the only tea clipper still in existence. At present, she is being restored and will then be at dockside in Greenwich, England for any and all to visit.

Period: 1870-1922                          Model length: 38”                                   Scale: 1:75

HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty

This is the first John McCann ever built – 69 years ago as a 16-year-old lad. It’s the HMS Bounty

John McGann built this model from a kit in 1944 when he was 16.
It was his first. Since then, John has lost count of the number of
models he has built, but it has been a continuous avocation for 67 years.

The Bounty was a collier purchased by the British Royal Navy and converted to an armed transport. It’s mission was to collect bread fruit seedlings in Tahiti and transport them to Jamaica to feed the slaves on the sugar plantations there. The crew mutinied and cast Captain Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a small launch. After an epic voyage of 3,618 miles, Bligh landed at Timor, while the Bounty sailed to Pitcairn Island with a partially native crew where their descendents live to this day.

Period: 1789
Model length: 24”, height: 22”
Scale: 1=48


Fair American

Bill Matzinger's Fair American

This highly modified kit of the famous Fair American was crafted by Bill Matzinger

Bill Matzinger modified an “Admiralty” kit (meaning no rigging, ie, the way ship models were presented to the Admiralty for approval for construction) by adding masts, spars and rigging. Bill spent two years constructing this American privateer.

Fair American was a privateer during the Revolutionary War. It was responsible for capturing many British merchant vessels.

Period: Revolutionary War
Size:  27” long, 23” tall
Scale: 1/4”=1 ft.

Charles W. Morgan

Charles W. Morgan whaler by Martin Jelsema

Martin Jelsema modified this vintage kit to represent a detailed and relatively accurate rigging plan.

Martin Jelsema took a vintage kit and modified it to better represent the real ship which resides at Mystic Seaport, CN. It’s a solid hull model from the early 1970’s. Other materials include balsa and basswood, fine wire, thread and metal fittings. Rigging was derived from photos and published materials about whaling ship construction, rigging and operation. Martin spent 9-months on this project of which 2-months involved research and drawing plans for the rigging.

The Charles W. Morgan still exists. It is a major fixture at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. It is the only surviving American wooden whaling ship. The Morgan was launched in 1841, and during her 80-year career at sea she made 37 voyages, several lasting four or more years while hunting whales from the arctic circle to the south seas.

Period: last half of the 19th-Century
Model length: 16”  Height: 13”
Scale: 1:128

Oseberg Viking Ship

Oseberg modeled by Bob Conover

Bob Conover built this model, one of two Osebergs entered in this year's show.

Bob Conover built this modified kit. He exposed the section between frames just forward of the mast to show the construction details used by 9th-century Vikings. Note the way planks were secured to the ribs by means of lashings through holes in the undersides of the ribs, and corresponding holes in cleats cut in the strakes located next to the ribs.

The original Oseberg was excavated from a grave in 1904 and is on display in the Nautical Museum of Oslo, Norway. This ship had 12 strakes secured with rivets in lapstrake hull construction. In later Viking ships the lashing method was replaced with wood dowels.

Period: Around 800ad
Model is 23” long, 16”tall
Scale:  1:50

Santisima Trinadad

Santisima Trinadad

Bob Cook modified this plank-on-frame fit. It's a biggest model in the show.

Built by Bob Cook, the model comes from a modified plank-on-frame kit. It is wood-hulled. Bob spent 1600 hours on this glorious project.

Santisima Trinadad was a Spanish first-rate ship-of-the-line built in Havana Cuba during 1768-1769. She carried 120 guns. She was 201-feet long, 53-feet wide and displaced 4,950 tons. The Trinadad supported the American colonists in the War of Independence. She was sunk in 1805.

Period: 1769-1805
Model length: 44”- height: 35”
Scale: 1:50



Bruce Birza modeled the Rattlesnake, a hiistoric Revolutionary Warship, from scratch.

Built by Bruce Birza from scratch (meaning not from a kit) in 18
months. The model is made from basswood, poplar and oak with
brass fittings and cotton rigging. Presently “under construction”

This privateer frigate was originally built in 1780 in Plymouth, Mass. The British captured her in 1781. She was 198 tons, 98-feet long with a 22-foot beam and was armed with 20 cannons and a crew of 85. She carried the news of England’s defeat back to England and Europe.

Period: Revolutionary War
Model is 28” long, 18” tall
Scale: 1:64


S.S. Republic

Ralph Buckwalter built this Civil War vintage model from scratch. It is also a prize-winning model.

This model was scratch-built by Ralph Buckwalter.  The hull is poplar and
basswood, the decks are redwood. Sails are silkspan, paddle wheels are
HDPE plumbing fittings and wood, small boats are crafted from cigarette
paper, and railings are etched brass. Ralph spent some 1100 enjoyable hours building the Republic.

The S.S. Republic was built in 1854 in Baltimore, Md. as the S.S. Tennessee. During the Civil War she was seized by Admiral David Farragut in New Orleans. The vessel’s name was changed to U.S.S. Mobile and was sold in 1885. Renamed the S.S. Republic, she was chartered for a commercial line running between New York and New Orleans. On October 19, 1865 she was ravaged by a hurricane off the Georgia shore and had to be abandoned. She sank with some $400,000 in gold and silver coin aboard. One-hundred and eighty years later, in 2003, she was salvaged and one-third of the coins were recovered. One of those coins is encased at the bow of the model.

Period : Civil War
Model size: 30” long, 14” tall
Scale: 1:120

Britannia Pilot Boat

Britannia Pilot Boat

Walter "Bud" Appel built this British kit of a pilot boat in record time.

Built by Walter “Bud” Appel from a British kit in about 85-hours.
Materials for construction include wood, plastic and metal.

The Britannia, a 1907 steel plated pilot boat, plied the Tyne River in England as a commercial fisher. It was steam-powered, but while the fishing nets were out, it was powered by a single sail.

Period: early 1900’s
Model is 44” long, 9” wide
Scale is 1:24

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

Richard Painter built this model of the famouse HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to conceive the theory of evolution.

Built by Richard Painter from a modified kit over a five-year period.
The model has a double-planked-on-bukhead hull. It’s made of
basswood, mahogany, walnut, and linen and cotton threads. Model
railroad paint was used as a finish.

The HMS BEAGLE was ordered by the British  Admiralty in 1817, and launched in 1820.  She served as a survey barque on two expeditions to Patagonia, on the second of which the young geologist Charles Darwin was the scientist appointed to the voyage.  They circumnavigated the globe, surveying the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America, and made the now-famous stop at the Galapagos Islands.

Period: 1820-1870
Model is 24” long, 19” tall
Scale is 1/16”= 1 foot