Modeler’s Name: Maxwell Fox
Scale: 1:96 scale (1/8″ = 1 ft)
Type of Model: modified kit with solid hull
Build Time: 150 hrs
The solid hull and copper plates are kit supplied. The deck was planked with boxwood strips, the deck houses and other fittings were scratch built using boxwood. The bowsprit, masts, and yards will be fabricated out of boxwood.
Built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1868, the Pilot Boat “Phantom” was operated out of Sandy Hook as New York Pilot Boat No. 11. On March 14, 1886, Phantom was the first ship to offer support to, and rescued 852 passengers of the sinking British liner S. S. Oregon off the coast of Long Island. Two years later, she went ashore during the Great Blizzard of March, 1888 resulting in the total loss of the vessel and six crew members.
I picked up wooden ship modeling during the transition from my time in the U.S. Air Force to my current status as a Mechanical Engineering student at Colorado State University.. Additionally, I love to tinker and solve fabrication problems, so wooden model ship building and engineering were both natural fits for me. I am excited to participate in the Rocky Mountain Ship Wrights and look forward to learning all that I can from the experience of its members.