I am going to step away from sails for this build and build a boat I’ve wanted to build for a long time.
When I started modeling boats I was in an RC boat club in Indianapolis. We sailed One Meters in the summer and in the winter we ran scale RC boats in indoor swimming pools. That’s when I saw a picture of a fire boat called “The City of Oakland”. I wanted to build it 25” long (1:48 scale) with working water pump and monitors. That was about ten years ago. Since then I have been searching the web for all I could find. And what I found changed my mind as to the build.
City of Oakland
The City of Oakland was originally the yard tug HOGA YT-146. The keel was laid down 7/25/1940, Launch date was 12/1/1940 and it was delivered to Pearl Harbor 5/1/1941.
(This is from the web) City of Oakland, ex-Hoga, is of exceptional significance in American history as the only known surviving yard craft present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941.
Hoga fought fires on Battleship Row for 72 hours. The actions of the tug's skipper and crew did not go unrecognized. On February 1942, ADM. Chester A. Nimitz, CINCPAC, commended McManus, his men, and their tug for a job well done:
“For distinguished service in line of your profession as Commanding Officer of the Navy Yard Tug HOGA, and efficient action and disregard of your own personal safety during the attack.... When another ship was disabled and appeared to be out of control, with serious fires on the fore part of that ship, you moored your tug to her bow and assisted materially in extinguishing the fires. When it was determined that the damaged ship should be beached, as there was serious danger of her sinking in the channel, you assisted in the beaching operations in an outstanding manner. Furthermore, each member of the crew of the HOGA functioned in a most efficient manner and exhibited commendable disregard of personal danger throughout the operations.”
Placed on loan to the Port of Oakland, California, in 1948, it was returned to the navy after 40 years of service. Recently it was awarded to the City of North Littlerock, AR. to be in their museum. At present it is in a boat yard near San Francisco being prepared for transport to North Littlerock
Hoga is one of about 30 of the Woban YT-138 class. The problem in this build is that there are no line drawings of this boat. I have many, many pictures and internal equipment drawings but no lines. I hope to build the Hoga as it was at Pearl Harbor prior to the attack. I got the build plans for the Billing’s kit and I will scale the bulkheads and keel to 1:96 and see where to go from there. So wish me luck and follow along with me.
Hoga at sea trials
Hoga at Paerl Harbor
Edited by Cap'n'Bob, 21 September 2015 - 05:33 PM.