Name of Model: Cannon battle station
Period Used: late 17th & 18thcenturies Type of model: Kit
Scale of model: 1/16 scale
Build time: 2 months
Description of build, including materials: Kit sold by Model Expo out of Florida. I used the material provided in the kit with only a few additional, small items.
Ship’s history: Typical battle station of late 18th to early 19th century Man of War. A 24 pound cannon with a crew of twelve men and one boy could sustain a rate of fire of three shots fired every five minutes. This was true of the USS Constitution from an article in Sea History magazine
Modeler’s biography: Nathaniel Bowditch Fay, is a direct descendent of the author of the American Practical Navigator, Nathaniel Bowditch. He a retired Navy Reservist, serving twenty one years in the Navy Reserve after four years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He is a graduate of the University of Denver. Staying in Colorado after graduation. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Marblehead, MA. Essentially growing up around the ocean and boats. Previously held a US Coast Guard license for tenders for Marblehead Harbor, working as a launch operator for the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead.