Yankee Tender

Name of Model: Yankee Tender
Period ship sailed: Modern/current
Type of model:  Kit

Modeler’s name:  Nathaniel Fay
Scale of model:
1.5″ to 1′
Build time: 6 months

Description of build, including materials: The kit is from Wooden Boat magazine. It is designed to demonstrate how a real/full size Yankee Tender is constructed. The kit provided a “strong back” which replicates the shop floor. The model and real tender are constructed upside down. Then pulled off the strong back for installation of ribs, inwales, outwales, breast hook and thwarts. The model is finished with shellac.

Ship’s history: The plans for this tender are available from Wooden Boat store online

Modeler’s biography: Nathaniel Fay, retired from the Navy Reserve after twenty one years of service and four years of service in the Coast Guard Reserve. Having served at the Navy Operations Support Center on Buckley Air Force Base. Graduated from the University of Denver coming to DU from Marblehead, Massachusetts.

24-lb Cannon Battle Station

Name of Model: Cannon battle station
Period Used: late 17th & 18thcenturies Type of model: Kit

Modeler’s name: Nathaniel Fay
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.

Blue Moon

Blue Goose - a fishing schooner

Name of Model: Yacht Blue Moon
Period ship sailed: Early 20th Century
Type of model: restored kit

Modeler’s name: Nathaniel Fay
Scale of model: 1/8 inch
Build time: 2 months

Description of build, including materials: This is a Constructo kit from Spain. I got it from another Shipwrights estate partially completed, but missing many parts. I re-painted it, finished and rigged it. I built the case for it as well.

Ship’s history: I don’t know much about it. The directions stated that she sailed out of North America. She is a Marconi rigged schooner, this is a fairly modern rig. I would place the Blue Goose as being designed and built in the 1930’s in America, as a pleasure yacht.

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.