CSS Alabama

Model Name: CSS Alabama
Period: Civil War
Type: Modified Kit

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema
Time: 700 hours

Build Materials: This Model is a modified plank on bulkhead Mamoli kit build. Both deck configuration and rigging deviated from the Mamoli plans to follow the details illustrated in the book by Andrew Bowcock, Anatomy of a Confederate Raider. Hull is double planked in basswood and walnut. The “hammocks” on the rails are Q-tips. Completed with wood, cord and metal fittings.

Ship’s Story: The CSS Alabama was Confederate raider whose mission was to interrupt Union merchant trade during the Civil War. During it’s two years of raiding it captured 63 American merchant ships and one War Ship. It was in port at Cherbourg, France when “called out” by the USS Kearsarge. It was sunk by the Kearsarge. It was discovered by divers and is being raised little by little by the French.

Modeler’s Bio: This is Martin Jelsema’s third build since “retiring” as a marketing consultant four years ago. As a teenager he built the wooden schooner model of the Bluenose. He collected tools for the next 50 years in anticipation of renewing the hobby. Martin lives in Littleton with his wife Gus..

Martin Jelsema’s Models

Martin has been a Rocky Mountain Shipwright since 2910. He has served as First Mate and Clerk of the club as well as editor if the club’s newsletter, Scuttlebutt and webmaster for the site you are now perusing. As a teenager, he built his first wooden ship model, the always popular Blue Nose. There was a long period of no modeling until retiring from the Marketing Communications and Branding company he founded in 1983.