USN Picket Boat #1

This kit of the USN Picket Boat #1 was modified by Ed Quam, whose distant relative commanded her.

This kit of the USN Picket Boat #1 was modified by Ed Quam, whose distant relative commanded her.

Modeler’s Name: Edward Quam
Period: 1864
Scale: ½” = 1’
Type of Model: plank on frame kit
Build Time: 6 months

Build Materials:
Basswood, Brass, Cast Britania Metal and simulated coal

Ship’s Story:
The boat was commanded by Lt Cushing and crew of 15. Cushing was a washout at the Naval Academy but was given this command because of his brash bravery. The mission was to sink the CSS Albemarle that was protecting the Albemarle Sound pinning down the Union forces. Cushing rammed the Iron Clad, placing the torpedo through a gun port and firing his 12 pound howitzer into it. Cushing was the only one to escape and made it to the Union forces. Declared a hero he was promoted to Lt Commander. The carved figure at the tiller depicts Cushing in full dress uniform.

Modeler’s Bio:
Edward is a retired former Intelligence officer. Born and raised in Colorado educated at CU, DU and Harvard. While stationed in Washington D.C. he was and is a member of the Washington Ship Model Association and a Plank member of the Nautical Research Guild. He has built over 25 models over 60 years of modeling, and has displayed them in various venues around the country.

Confederacy – a 1778 U.S. Frigate

The US Frigate Confederacy in progress. This model being built by Ed Quam from a kit bu Model Shipways.

The US Frigate Confederacy in progress. This model being built by Ed Quam from a Model Shipways kit. This model was selected as the “Modeler’s Choice” during the 2915 exhibit.

(under construction)

Modeler’s Name: Ed Quam
Period: Revolutionary War
Scale: 3/16”-1’
Type of Model: Plank on Bulkhead kit – admiralty model
Build Time: In progress

Build Materials:
This model is built in the admiralty style, meaning that some of the ribs are left exposed as is much of the deck. It is a Model Shipways kit featuring basswood, walnut and boxwood.

Ship’s Story:
Confederacy was one of several frigates built for the American Continental Navy. She was built in Norwich Conneticut in 1777-78. She was large for her rate and highly decorated. She carried 36 guns. She was plagued by several misadventures during a short career and was captured by the British in 1781. The lines were taken off by the British so that the model is very representative of the actual ship.

Modeler’s Bio:
Edward is a retired former Intelligence officer. Born and raised in Colorado educated at CU, DU and Harvard. While stationed in Washington D.C. he was and is a member of the Washington Ship Model Association and a Plank member of the Nautical Research Guild. He has built over 25 models and has displayed them in various venues around the country.

U.S.S.Maine

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

S.S.Portland

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.