Alex Bellinger Posted May 29, 2015 Report Share Posted May 29, 2015 Schooner Eagle Schooner Eagle and her sister Arrowsic were built on the Arrowsic River in Maine in 1847 by master builder Samuel Pattee. Eagle went into the “packet” service between Bath and New York while Arrowsic entered the coastal lumber trade. Both were considered good sailors with fast passages to their credit. Arrowsic capsized off Block Island in 1860 from carrying too much sail in a gale. These schooners were examples of the kind of humble working vessels that kept the pulse of the American maritime economy going for most of the 19th century and well into the 20th. Before the expansion of rails and roads, coasting schooners like these were the primary means of transportation and communication between many coastal and Down East communities. Once a very familiar sight all along the seaboard, these coastal schooners were overshadowed by the glamorous clippers, adventurous privateers and racing fisherman and they could slip out of memory altogether. Fortunately, the half hull used for the design of both schooners was donated to the Smithsonian by William Pattee and Howard I Chapelle took off her lines and published them in The National Watercraft Collection. Sometime in the 1970s Model Shipways created a kit reconstructing her rig and adding many details. Tom Matterfis of Clearwater, Florida, kindly sent me a set of these plans along with others, and that got me started. It was clearly a good vessel for the one liter bottles I was using for classes and it was an excellent project for an intermediate ship in bottler looking for a little more challenge in a second model. This little ship has good features with a square sail and the variety of deck details adding interest, while neither rig or hull work is overwhelming. I have used it twice for classes with students who have successfully finished a ship in bottle and hope those reading this now may find something of value in the project. This is the Model Shipways plan, appearing here courtesy of Model Expo. The sketch accompanying the plan was drawn by marine artist John Leavitt, who wrote and illustrated Wake of the Coasters. The plan was reduced for a model about 4 3/8” overall and 3 1/8” high, about 29’ = 1”. I made my first model of her in 1990, not long after Tom sent me her plans. I was still using plumber’s putty at the time, so now the sails are thoroughly “oiled”. While they were changing color it wasn’t very pleasant, but now I do have to admit the soft translucence is nice to look at. I made one or two more over the years but took her up again for a class in 2012. Please bear in mind what follows was not pictures and notes accumulated for this kind of format, so there are gaps. If anything is not clear, I will be glad to try to better explain. The hulls are made up from rough blanks cut out in halves and glued together along the centerline. Rob Napier’s half models inspired this. This way the sheer can be cut a little more accurately on my extremely capricious Dremel jig saw and you never lose the centerline. Starting out with 10 hulls, 5 went to the guys in the class and another was a replacement for one of the guys who wanted to make a fresh start. I wound up working on 4, primarily to show the various stages in the progress for each model. In this picture the hull furthest from the camera is the most basic, still a rough hull blank with only the quarterdeck bulkhead and main deck center planks glued in. Next to it is the one with the deck planked and some general hull shaping begun. The next has the general hull outline, plan view, done and the waterways and first “plank” of the main deck bulwark are in. The closest shows main deck bulwarks complete with timberheads and cavils attached. The cap rails become the waterway for the quarter deck. The next shot is much the same stage but some waterways are started on the second hull, first bulwark plank for the third hull’s main deck are done and the last hull has a short rail around the quarter deck, a splash rail on the bow rails and the outline of the stem and head are attached. In the background is a form used for bending bulwark “planks” and a couple of bent “planks” waiting to be glued in. Here the hull is getting wales attached, made up of two strips of thin stock, each about 0.020” thick and 1/32” wide. All of the hulls, the initial blanks, decking, bulwarks, rails, timberheads, etc, are pine, probably most cut from the same piece of wood. The clips used to hold stock in place are from the advice of Ralph Preston. He bought a package of these, from Radio Shack I think, and we added the extra extensions on the handles from flattened brass tubing. This makes them a little easier to handle, adds a little more weight when one is used to keep tension on a line, but they were mostly added on so Ralph could give me a lesson on using epoxy. These were made up almost 30 years ago and I doubt any project since hasn’t made some use out of these little clips. Here they hold the wales to the stem and a section of the rail over the transom. The little notch is the splash rail is for the cat head. Another shot of the clamps at work. Here the second hull has timberheads in place and is getting the upper “plank” of her bulwarks. A clip is holding a section of the rail alongside the billet on the stem. Another shot of the same step shows the trail boards of the bow rails and a jig on the left for bending the thin stock to make the tight curve necessary for this detail. A similar shot shows getting the bulwark “plank” curve around the form. Gwyl Blaser, IgorSky, Caleb and 2 others 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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