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Pete Jaquith

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About Pete Jaquith

  • Birthday 07/04/1943

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    Indio, CA
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    Family and friends, full size shipbuilding, marine history, scale ship models, and woodworking

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  1. My prior post describes my experience installing copper sheathing on my Topsail Schooner "Eagle" and Brigantine "Newsboy" models. I used copper tape and at 3:16 scale do not recommend embossing.
  2. Welcome Pete - what a mine of information and skills you bring with you.  All success in your  "change of tack".


    1. Pete Jaquith

      Pete Jaquith

      Correct, my experience in planning ship construction programs has been an influence in my laying out logical construction sequences for my ship model projects.  I still remain active in the shipbuilding community with an emphasis on ship design and production engineering.


  3. Return to the Shipyard

    I have recently completed installation of a work bench, peg boards, lighting, and unpacked ~12 boxes of tools. I also installed an evaporative cooler, or swamp cooler to control garage/shop temps when it is 100-115 degrees outside.
  4. Return to the Shipyard

    After five years working on full-scale shipbuilding projects, two home moves, and with a reduced level of shipbuilding consulting work I now find time to return to ship modeling. Over the past few years I have enjoyed this opportunity to work on a wide variety of naval destroyer, naval auxiliary, icebreaking, research, and commercial shipbuilding projects and with a number of industry professionals. My loving wife Linda, our two dogs, and I are now located in the beautiful retirement community Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio, CA. My ship models made the two moves without damage and I have recently completed set up of a small ship model shop in the garage. Ship model projects planned for the near future include: Steam Tug Seguin of 1884 – new build based on ¼” scale Bluejacket kit Brigantine Newsboy of 1854 – complete 3/16” scale semi-scratch build 16 Gun Brig Fair American, circa 1780 – complete ¼” scale build based on MS kit Whaling Brig Kate Cory of 1856 – new build based on 3/16” scale MS kit As these projects get underway, I plan to develop/restart build logs here on Model Ship World. Regards from the shipyard, Pete Jaquith
  5. Kearnold, As Chuck has noted, your Katy is typical of the old solid hull kits that used to be common in our hobby. Don't give up, you can still build a fine model as I believe that MS has provided a fine set of plans prepared by Jim Roberts. If you send me your e-mail by private message, I will send you my notes, block lists, rigging schedules, etc. from my build. Note the Katy model pictured below was my 1st wooden ship model built in 2006.
  6. Modeler Bob,

    Newsboy is currently in layup awaiting my return to modeling.  I have been busy with full scale shipbuilding projects and a recent move to Indio, CA.  I hope to pick up Newsboy construction in the coming months.




  7. Rat-Fink, I use a surface gauge to mark the waterline with the hull positioned in a building cradle that holds the hull level to the waterline. Counters for the building cradle are taken from the building plans. Regards, Pete
  8. Armed Virginia Sloop, 1768

    The Armed Virginia Sloop, circa 1768 was a single masted privateer, or smuggler, an evolutionary development in the line of fast sailing vessels linking the Bermuda sloop design of circa 1740 to the trim, sharp model Virginia schooners found in Steel’s Naval Architecture of 1805. It was a small, well-designed ship, with a graceful sheer and low freeboard, and an aggressive cutter rig. The Armed Virginia Sloop had a length of 55’ 8”, beam of 17’ 8”, depth of 6’ 6”, and displacement of 60 tons. The model is a Model Shipways plank on bulkhead kit at ¼” to the foot (1:48) scale. In constructing the Armed Virginia Sloop, I used a detailed practicum Modeling the Armed Virginia Sloop published by Robert Hunt. The hull is single planked with planking painted prior to installation in way of color and thickness changes. The rigging is proportional linen line with Warner Woods’ blocks and cotton sails based upon Steel’s Elements of Mastmaking, Sailmaking, and Rigging of 1794. In addition to the kit drawings and instructions, I utilized the following references: Modeling the Armed Virginia Sloop, a Practicum by Robert Hunt; Planking the Built-Up Ship Model by Jim Roberts; The Art of Knotting and Splicing by Cyrus Lawrence Day; and, Steel’s Elements of Mastmaking, Sailmaking, and Rigging of 1794 by David Steel. The Armed Virginia Sloop was my 2nd ship model. Pete Jaquith Shipbuilder
  9. 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.
  10. 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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