Name of Modeler: Ralph Buckwalter Type of Model: Scratch Built
Galilee was originally
built as a Brigantine by one of the most famous ship builders on the west coast
in the late 1800’s, Matthew Turner. He
built at least 154 wood hulled ships in his ship yards. After Turner’s death
the Galilee was sold to the Union
Fish company and sent to Alaska in the cod-fishing trade.
The cod fishing voyages came
to an end around 1927. She then spent two years as one of a small fleet of
vessels operating off Cape San Lucas in the growing tuna industry. The Galilee’s life as a sea worthy vessel
came to an unpleasant finish. In the early 1930’s she started the final decline
from a graceful brigantine to a fishing schooner powered with a smoking diesel.
Ending up in her original
port the Galilee was bought in 1934
by a former British officer Captain John Quinn who beached her on the Sausalito
shoreline. Captain Quinn and his wife converted Galilee to a houseboat, built a wharf out to the ship strung old
San Francisco gas lamps to illuminate the houseboat and placed potted plants on
her deck. During the 30s and 40s many of
the outdated sailing vessels were towed to Richardson bay and sunk in the
mudflats. Thanks to Captain Quinn, Galilee
survived the ravages of time longer than any other vessel. Unfortunately
Captain Quinn grew too old to live aboard and sold it to a photographer who,
with his wife and children lived on the ship untill1962 when the city of
Sausalito condemned the Galilee as unfit for habitation and ordered her to be
abandoned and destroyed. A trustee of the San Francisco Maritime Museum purchased
her with the intention of making her as a landmark.
A maritime park was established in Benicia named the Matthew Turner Shipyard Park. A 16 ft. sectioned was cut off the Galilee and shipped to the park. A section of the stern was cut off and moved to the Benicia Historical Museum where it can be seen today. It is now called the longest schooner ever built: the stern in San Francisco and the bow in Benicia.
.Modeler’s biography: Ralph Buckwalter, a retired Mechanical Engineer has been modeling for about 14 years. He joined the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights in 2000.
Name of Model: Black Falcon Period: 18th Century Type of Model: plank on bulkhead kit
Modeler’s Name: Ralph Buckwalter Scale: 1:100 Build Time: not estimated
Build Materials: This
was Ralph’s first ship model. It is made from a Mantua kit. The kit utilized a
plank on bulkhead type of construction. The planks were bent when wet using a
hot iron. The model kit supplied sails but they were ugly and I decided not put
them on the model since the instructions were not very detailed and for a first
model I did not think I could make them look good.
Ship’s Story: This
is supposed to be one of the ships used by Captain Kidd the famous Pirate. It
is a two masted Brigantine from the 18th century
Modeler’s Bio: Ralph Buckwalter, a retired Mechanical Engineer has been modeling for
about 14 years. He joined the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights in 2000.
Name of Model: Matthew Turner Period ship sailed: 2018 Scale of model: 3/16″ per foot
Name of Modeler: Ralph Buckwalter Type of model: Scratch Built Build time : Not estimated
Turner is being built by a nonprofit organization Educational tall ship
in Sausalito California. The ship is still under construction and is by
volunteers and financed through donations of money and material. It is named
for one of the most famous ship builders on the west coast in the late 1800’s,
Matthew Turner. This ship is based on Matthew Turner’s brigantine Galilee which still holds the record for
wood hulled sailing vessels between Tahiti and San Francisco. This will be the
first wooden ship of this size built in the San Francisco bay area for over a
The new ship is being built for Douglas fir the same material as
the Galilee but instead of large
planks the ship is made from laminated planks. The estimated life of this ship
is about 100 years because of laminated beam
The Matthew Turner is 100ft along the deck, has a 25 ft. beam and draws 10 ft. of water. She will carry 7,100 ft. of sail. The vessel has 39 births for the students on longer training voyages. The ship will be used for educational training.Modeler’s biography: Ralph Buckwalter, a retired Mechanical Engineer has been modeling for about 14 years. He joined the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights in 2000.
Modeler’s biography: Ralph Buckwalter, a retired Mechanical Engineer, has been modeling for about 14 years. He joined the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights in 2000.