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About Feathermerchant

  • Birthday 10/19/1937

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    Columbus, Ohio
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    Restored a 1926 folk art model of the 1914 Dutch built passenger/freighter "Insulinde" and it's drydock. Donated to Steamship Historical Society.

    Have built: C.W. Morgan, Cutty Sark, Tug Seguin, skipjack "Willie L. Bennett" (2018). Marine Models "British Revenue Cutter" & Hudson River Sloop. Restored: Sovereign of the Seas, Half-Moon and Model Shipways 1954 "Dapper Tom" - Baltimore Clipper. Present build: LSS "Armed Virginia Sloop, 1768"

    President of the "Shipwrights of Central Ohio" and editor of our newsletter "Ropewalk".

    Member of: Nautical Research Guild, Great Lakes Historical Society

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  1. I have been contacted about a partial built model that dates from the mid-30's. The information given is: "A 32" wooden sailing ship hull, including some rigging. The model was probably started in the early to mid thirties by my dad's best friend. Probably not completed because of WWII. Given to the individual in the early 60's. Other than a feeble attempt, nothing has been done with it for 55+ years". It looks like a 24-gun, possible a frigate, solid hull. Since it dates to the early, mid-30's there were few model ship kit makers so does anyone know of either a kit that was available back then or is this a model started from Popular Science/Mechanic plans run in their magazine? Can anyone help in solving this mystery?
  2. BECC at www.becc.co.uk Have used them for flags used on Dutch built "Half Moon", Colonial ship and steamer house flags. Have found the images on the web and sent them to BECC and they reproduced them to scale required and also bought directly from their catalogue.
  3. Sean, Welcome. Sorry you missed Saturday's meeting. Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 21st in the conference room. Follow the directions you have for the classroom, but when you pass the gift shop, take a right and then a second right and the conference room is at the end of the short hallway behind the gift shop. If you send me your contact info, I will send you a reminder and our March newsletter "Ropewalk". The club contact is shipwright@wowway.com. Again, welcome aboard. Bill Nyberg president Shipwrights of Central Ohio
  4. Thanks for the information & suggestions. The model Dapper Tom and Model Shipways kit and this model were built for a non-existent ship. I found an article on a capstan for the Victory by Glen Greico, Texas A&M showing lifting an anchor using messenger & nippers with the storing of the anchor cable through a hatch aft of the riding bitts. It also showed the capstan aft of the main mast. Checking my pictures of the forward deck of a Baltimore Clipper, I found rollers that the messenger cable would have been used to guide it to the anchor cable. The deck layout on the Dapper Tom has the capstan aft of the main mast so I improvised and placed two small openings in the deck between the riding bitts and the foremast. I have attached the picture of the capstan from Grieco's Victory. Capstan.docx
  5. I am in the process of restoring the Baltimore Clipper "Dapper Tom" a fictitious model of an 1815, 8-gun schooner. I have a copy of Model Shipways plans, copyright 1954, and the instruction manual for this model, copyright 2006. I was ask to repair/restore the model after it took a header off a shelf and broke most of the rigging. The original model dates from the 1960's. The original anchor line, stowed on deck, is 5/32" diameter. Scale of the model is 5/32" = 1'. I plan to reduce the size of the anchor line to 1/32" (3" dia.) but I cannot find the access to the anchor line locker. I cannot believe that they would store all that rope on the deck. I was thinking of two holes in the deck near the riding bit. Can anyone help me on how this was done. I have checked Chapelle's "The Baltimore Clipper" . No help.
  6. Daniel, contact Dave Stevens at the Lumberyard. He is at Bodyplan@aol.com.
  7. Hi Rob, forgot to mention that John F. Leavitt published an historical paperback called "The Charles W. Morgan" through Mystic seaport. The book included ships plans for the Morgan. John was Associate Curator at Mystic seaport. Original published in 1973 and reprinted in 1998.....feathermerchant
  8. Hi Rob, isn't it nice to have so much encouragement. I built the Morgan starting in 2000 and finished her in 2004. The kit was from Marine Model and solid hull and was bought from an Episcopalian pastor who started the original build in the 70's. The kit was of the Morgan when she was in the movie "Java". Included with the kit was a set of plans from Mystic seaport as she was in the 1895-1906 period and a contact number for Mystic Seaport. It took a bit of bashing to change her appearance. I had her on display at the Manitowoc Model Ship Show and she now is displayed in my sons accounting office conference room. I get to visit it periodically. Two things; 1, you and your lovely wife should visit the Morgan at Mystic (she is a living museum) and 2, when you have questions call them, they are the experts. It is not often that you can walk the deck of a square rigged ship that you are in the process of modeling.............feathermerchant
  9. Rob, I'm 79 and building a Skipjack with my next project the scratch-build of the brig "Leon" (Underhills) followed by a scratch-build of a late 1800's tug "Alva B". That should get me into my 90's. Would also encourage you to find and join a ship modeling club. Good modeling................feathermerchant.
  10. I have been contacted by the owner of a model of the 1/50 scale, 1700 Russian 58-Gun Warship "Predestinacjc". He purchased it at an auction, as is. The modelas purchased, was in its original case, but in shipping it appears that the case was inverted and the masts came out of their base and now lay on the deck with all the rigging. One of our club members is willing to provide the owner the guidance to restore the model. Picture of the present condition attached. We are looking for copies of the rigging plans. Loyalhanna Dockyard/Taubman Plans has a 9-sheet set of the plans for building a model of the Predestinacja at 1/50 scale. The cost for the full set is $75 and is sold as a complete set. I am looking for someone who owns the plans and would be willing to make a copy of the rigging sheets. We are willing to pay the cost of the copies and shipping. Thanks.
  11. Jack, nice job. Building the same vessel. Just finished the deck and installing the hatch comings. Not been following MSW for a while, but will be following your build. Interested in how you do the dredge A-frame and winders. Feathermerchant
  12. Cap'n'Bob, Thanks for the picture and description. Still think the dredge will damage the hull when pulled up on deck. The roller are at the widest breath of the skipjack so the cable should be off the side of the hull, but the dredge is wide and, from what I can see, the only thing that would keep the dredge off the side of the hull would be the man tending the dredge. I checked some pictures I had from the 2010 NRG conference and the tour of St. Michael's. There was a skipjack on the rails and looking from the stern the side rail, where the dredge would come up was badly chewed up, but then the skipjack itself looked like a wreck................. feathermerchant .
  13. Looking at my plans for the Bennett, I can see the rollers (a horizontal one and one at an angle at the aft end of the horizontal one) with a guard below it that the cable would run on. Still think that as the dredge came up the side of the skipjack would get beat up. Have a watercolor of a derelict skipjack showing a beat up side, but that could be just artist interpretation.
  14. I am presently building the skipjack "Bennett" and enjoying reading about your progress since you are way ahead of me. One question about the dredge: Do you know if it was dropped over the side or thrown out away from the side of the skipjack? I am trying to visualize how the seaman worked putting the dredge into the water while the vessel was underway. I don't see any booms with pulleys that woud keep the dredge off the side of the vessel. Thanks.

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