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About Seahawk1313

  • Birthday 08/11/1948

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    Islip,New York
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    Federal Navy: Start to about 1825. the Subscription Ships. Carved Decoration on Early U.S. Naval Ships

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  1. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Wasp I, George S. Parker did 5 boats and Herb Ebsen did 3. From what I remember ,"Dangerous", Wasp I and Hornet originally didn't have any whaleboats, only cutters, etc. Does anyone know when the Navy first started using whaleboats ? Date / Ship ?
  2. A Modeler does a TED Talk on making miniatures

    Wonderful! Your Talent is incredible. -Hal
  3. Just made a large haul in a trade

    Nice Haul, the Revel Thermopylae I think is a rare and desired kit, I think you could make some money with it. I built it when I was MUCH younger. It now rests on the bottom of the lake behind my house, oh well--Hal
  4. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Benjamin Henry Lathrobe was the Architect for the Federal Buildings in Washington D.C. It would be interesting if he did the design of the carvings on the Hornet, and if they were used. If they were I doubt he did the carving work. The Seaman's Bank model of the Frigate isn't likely to be the New York as it was Spar Decked, the model appears to have a step at the gangways like the Essex (as built). The model looks in the style of the Essex. It would be interesting to see if the Bank has more information on the model. - Hal
  5. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Talos- Hornet stern carvings are great! Where did you find them? 1805 Hornet also had a removable Eagle figurehead, for harbor use, and a scroll from sea. I wonder if the trailboards followed the style on the stern? I may have the revisit my Hornet Brig. Do you know who the carver was? On the United States. I 'm not convinced she had double tier quarter galleries, most painting of her,early ones, seem to show single tier. Chapelle covered a lot,but wasn't correct all the time, I guess he was human like the rest of us.LOL-Hal
  6. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Hi Steve, What I have is from the Pennsylvania Historical Society. Letter to Joshua Humphreys from William Rush, April 30, 1975. It is his suggestions for the decorations for the six frigates. They are all allegorical. Congress: "Congress being the great Legislative body on which the Majesty of the Revolution alone can rest, it ought to be represented by the Goddess of Wisdom, reclining upon a pedestal, supported by the Cardinal Virtues--on top of which should be a Number of Volumes, supposed to be the laws framed by the Legislature. In her right hand should be the Constitution, Elevated so that the figure should be looking up to it- the Consequences flowingfrom the Law under a Wise Administration might be represented by the emblems of the Arts,Sciences,Industry,peace,plenty and independence,etc." He wanted all the stern carving to have a similar theme. The book on Rush's carving show some of his allegorical figures, plus with the descriptions of the President and Constellation sterns, you can piece together what it may have looked like. Not much, but at least something. The figurehead was also the Goddess of Wisdom. Rush carved the figurehead, but Deering carved the stern. I just don't know if he followed Rush's idea. Unless I find anything on Deering work I will do something Rush like. I need to learn to scan and put stuff on here. I haven't typed this much since I worked on my History MA many many years ago and my fingers don't work that great anymore . Just a P.S. In the letter he calls the Chesapeake the Revolution. Batten down the Hatches and stay safe! Hal
  7. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Poor Old 1799 Congress, the "Dangerfield" of the Navy. She did serve and cruise, both in the Barbary Wars and War of 1812, but no great battles. She also went to China in 1819. Working on Keel and Frames, Hope to do a building Blog... Charlie the first painting, of the Constellation, do you know who painted it and when? Also the painting of the launch of the Ship of the Line Washington, the frigate in the painting is most likely the Congress (in 1814). Not great, but shows 5 stern windows. I have a description of what Rush envisioned for the Congress stern, but I don't know if Deering followed it?- Hal
  8. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    A good book is _William Rush American Sculptor, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,1982.-Hal
  9. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Thank You for the E-Book. It's interesting to see his style of carving eagles, columns. and details. Now do you have anything on the work of William Deering? I'm about to start 1799 Congress. I found almost nothing on the Internet so far as for his carvings. I know the Portsmouth Newspaper didn't care for Rush's figurehead, but it didn't say anything about the stern carvings. I know what Rush had in mind for it but don't know if Deering followed it... And thank you again for the E-Book,will read it my great interest. Hal
  10. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Hi Steve, Description of the Essex stern is what I had, with 4 cannon barrels coming out behind the shield.. I have been looking for books on McIntires' carvings , do you have any titles? Hal
  11. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Hello, Brandywine stern "X" maybe crossed swords?- Hal
  12. Glad to be aboard

    Welcome aboard! This is a great site with great people. I'm still learning and exploring the Forums. I hope you find things of interest.. Your models are impressive! Hal