The Virginia pilot schooner “Katy”, circa 1800, is a reproduction of a class of period vessel, rather than of an actual vessel. The “Katy” hull lines were taken from the lines of “a Virginia pilot boat” published by Davis Steel in his historic work on naval architecture in 1805. The hull design, referred to as a Jamaica or Baltimore boat, later evolved into the highly successful Baltimore Clipper. The rest of the vessel, including deck furniture, fittings, and rigging is a reconstruction based on contemporary practice. The “Katy” had a length of 56’ 0”, beam of 15” 6”, depth of 6’ 6”, and displacement of 52 tons.
The model was constructed to a scale of ¼” to the foot (1:48) based on an old Model Shipways solid hull kit purchased in the 1960’s (in the original yellow box). The model is plank on solid construction (POS). The hull exterior is fully planked, the deck is planked with nibbing, and the original fittings were replaced with scratch built deck furniture/fittings. Limited commercial fittings were used where appropriate, and rigging is proportional linen line with blocks by Warner Woods. “Katy” was Peter’s first ship model project in over 40 years, and building it was both enjoyable and educational.
In addition to the kit drawings and instructions, Peter utilized the following references: Planking the Built-Up Ship Model by Jim Roberts; The Neophyte ShipModeller’s Jackstay by George Campbell; Modeling the Armed Virginia Sloop, a Practicum by Robert Hunt; The Art of Knotting and Splicing by Cyrus Lawrence Day; and, Steel’s Elements of Masting, Sailmaking, and Rigging, 1794.
Dear Dmitry, I am new to this forum and I am trying to find information relating to a model I have. But first, I would like to say how impressive your beautiful model is. If you could spare the time, would you be kind enough to suggest how I might identify my clockwork steam torpedo boat - I have no idea whether it is historically accurate or simply an old (and well used) plaything. Unfortunately the deckhouse roof and funnel are missing, but this may have been due to these being removeable to allow access to wind the clockwork mechanism. The torpedo fires, as does the deck gun, and the open bridge allows access to the clockwork motor start lever, and ship steering via the wheel. Turn the wheel clockwise and the boat steers to port. Any information or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Stephen