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

PT-109 42 EP

PT 109-42-EP
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


HMS Victory – cross section

HMS Victory - cross sectionJon Sorensen’s model of Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalger is scratch-built.

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Finally her active career ended on 7 November 1812, when she was moored in Portsmouth Harbour off Gosport and used as a depot ship. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.

Period: 1765-1812 and on
Model is 60” tall

Whale Boat

Whale BoatJon Sorenson built this 19th Century whale boat in hardwoods from scratch. He also built the davits.

In whaling, it was important to be able to launch these small boats (usually about 26-feet long), three or four at a time. So the davits and the arrangements for launching were made for quick launches by the seven-man crews of each boat.

Period: 1840-1910
Model is 2-inches long
Scale: 1”= 13ft.