A work in progress
Name of Model: ACE Racing Sloop
Period ship sailed: Present day
Type of model: Kit
Modeler’s name: Bob Vitry
Scale of model: N/A
Build time: Two weeks
Description of build, including materials: Plank on frame. Wood with brass fittings/guns. This kit is very old and all parts have to be hand cut as opposed to the newer kits which are laser cut. The kit is designed with the bare minimums but allows for as the modeler to add as much detail as they wish.There are no instructions but four 1 to 1 sets of plans are provided (in Italian). A nice challenge of a kit.
Ship’s history: “Cocca Anseatica” was a 15th century German armed mercantile ship. It is derived from the following two words … cocca – the name given in the 12th century to a vessel with the medieval characteristic of a ship with a round hull and … anseatica coming from the german word ” hansa” that meaning “associations”. This latter term was given to the North European cities of Amburgo and Lubecca that joined in an economical alliance to protect their earthly and especially maritime trades from the attacks of the English, Dutch and Flemish “barons” and corsairs. Other cities like Tallin, Kiel, Frankfurt and Brema later joined this association. From this group grew the development of the armed mercantile ship named “Cocca Anseatica”.
The Cocca represented in this model is the one from approximately 1470 with an overall length of 34 meters, 25 meters length on the water line, a draught of 2.5 meters and a sail area of 265 square meters. It carried main, mizzen and fore mast. The net capacity had gone up to 400 ton. It carried 26 guns with a crew of 50 men.
Modeler’s biography: Retired Construction Superintendent.