Ship-board Battle Station

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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

H.M.S. Beagle

HMS Beagle - John Walsh

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.

Oseberg skipet

Oseberg skipet - Eric Collett

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

Seguin – Jim Blackwell

Seguin - Jim Blackwell

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.