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Maine Topsail Schooner "Eagle", 1847

Maine Topsail Schooner "Eagle", 1847
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The Topsail Schooner “Eagle” had a length of 81’ 7”, beam of 22’ 8”, depth of 7’ 10”, and tonnage of 140 tons. Both the “Eagle” and her sistership “Arrowsic” were built in Arrowsic Island on the Kennebec River (near the present shipbuilding city of Bath, ME) in 1847 for the lumber and ice trade by builder Samuel Pattee. During the mid-19th century small schooners of this sort were widely employed in the East Coast trade; their schooner rigs an easy adaption to the prevailing westerly winds and economy in crew size.

The model was scratch built to a scale of 3/16” to the foot (1:64) using old Model Shipways plans by William Zakambell. Additional research was conducted at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME where a large scale model of the “Arrowsic” is on display. The model is plank on solid construction, with built up bulwarks, planked decks and topsides, coppered bottom, and scratch built deck furniture/fittings. Limited commercial fittings were utilized where appropriate, and the rigging is proportional linen line with Warner Woods’ blocks. The Topsail Schooner “Eagle” is my 3rd wooden ship model and my 1st scratch build.

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    • I was wondering how you did the lettering?  Great job by the way.
    • Thanks!
      Your Avatar suggests to me that you like wildlife, for example, Geckos... I'm sure you noticed the porpoise pair frolicking at the stem of the Tiger. But did you notice that the captain is pointing to them - and, her "significant other" with long blonde hair is at the tiller?
    • Well Done!!!
       
      JP
    • Thanks for your comments.  I also messed up the fly bridge railing -- one of the posts snapped off.  I fixed it with CA gel glue.
       
      I buy my Amati kits from Ages of Sail in the US, and they actually had a spare kit they were cannibalizing for parts and got me a missing throttle for this kit.  But I see you said "buggered" so you may not be in the US, and in any event that service is reserved for customers who bought the original kit from them, I suspect.
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