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  1. Chuck, Thanks so much for this information and sorry for my delay in responding. I have just returned to working on this project after finishing up a model of the Brigantine Newsboy. In regards to this restoration, there were a number of things that I questioned in trying to identify this model as the USS Essex. The first was the figurehead, which looked more like a Greek figure than an Indian warrior. However, recently I met a gentleman who was building a new Model Shipways model of the Essex, which had a figurehead smaller but almost identical to the one on this model and with a litt
  2. Dear Capt Armstrong, Thank you for your information. Your idetification of the model to be the USS Essex of 1799 is very revealling. The only information that I have on the original build of the model is that it was done by a model maker from Ipswich, MA, so it would stand to reason that the ship for which the model was to represent would be one built and launched locally, specifically, Salem, MA. I am particularly interested in your statement that the figurehead was close to the Chapelle draught of the vessel. Can you suggest how I could get a copy of this documentation? Thanks, F
  3. Thank all of you for your interest. My understanding is that the Artois Class of frigates was a series of nine ships built to a 1793 design by Sir John Henslow, which served in the Royal Navy during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, namely: HMS Artois, Completed: 3 March 1794 HMS Diana, Completed: 6 June 1794 HMS Apollo, Completed: 23 September 1794 HMS Diamond, Completed: 6 June 1794 HMS Jason, Completed: 25 July 1794 HMS Seahorse, Completed: 16 September 1794 HMS Tamar, Completed: 21 June 1796 HMS Clyde, Completed: 21 June 1796 HMS Ethalion, Completed: 11 July 1797 Most r
  4. Thank you Captain Poison for your quick response. The only fact that I have been able to discover is that Aethalion was a sailor who was turned into a fish by Dionysus. This in itself would be a good enough reason for using an effigy of Aethalion as a figurehead for a ship. However, I have not been able to connect this fact to the model's figurehead. Can you give me any more information on how you were able to determine that this model was of the HMS Ethalion? Thanks again
  5. I am in the beginning research stages for the restoration of a 38-gun Artois-class fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy. It is similar to HMS Diana. It has great detail but it is a wreck. The figurehead (see picture) is of a man/god waving a mace-like weapon, wearing what appears to be a flowing robe. Can anyone identify the ship from the figurehead or venture a guess as to the figurehead? Thanks, Frank
  6. I have just completed the publishing of the USS OHIO Restoration. Thank you for your initial comments. There are two pics showing what she looked like when I first got my hands on her.
  7. I have just completed the publishing of the USS OHIO Restoration. Thank you for your initial comments.
  8. This album contains pictures of the restored model of the US Ship-Of-The-Line OHIO designed by Henry Eckford, laid down at Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1817, and launched on 30 May 1820. The model depicts the USS OHIO as she would have looked in 1838 during her service as Commodore Isaac Hull's Flagship during his command of the Mediterranean Squadron. During the two years on station in the Mediterranean, USS OHIO protected commerce and suppressed the slave trade off the African coast. USS OHIO proved to have excellent performance under sail, repeatedly making more than 12 kn during her deployment.
  9. Hello Richard, Before investing in relatively expensive CAD software, you might want to consider expeimenting with an inexpensive (free) application called Inkscape. Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. The
  10. I thought I would report on my status with the USS Ohio restoration, so, I have placed some recent pics on my web site at http://home.covad.net/fecook/Models/USS Ohio Ship Of The Line I still need to finish the running rigging coils, add the bower and sheet anchors, add the quarter davits and boats, add the ratlines to the shrouds, add the ensign, jack and pendant, and add a few other odds and ends. The ensign, jack, and pennant will be circa 1838. I want to depict the model as Commodore Isaac Hull’s flagship as part of the Mediterranean Squadron of 1838. The model does show some age so tryin
  11. Hi Frankie, Thanks for your input. This was my original thought and it may have been the original modelers intent. I did not want to mention my thought in my previous post so as not to influence any responses. They could very well be the blocks on the halyard falls for the topsail, t'gallant, and royal yards. However, when I look at the plans for the USS COLUMBUS, sister ship of the USS OHIO, the plans call for a PAIR of halyards for the topsail yard, both originating from their respective starboard and port channels up through a series of blocks on the crosstrees and the yard. The run
  12. I have used an application called Inkscape to design "bread and butter" ship's boats and other model related objects. i,e,. admiralty anchors, gun carriages, etc. I send the design files to a laser cutting service to have the pieces fabricated. It has been a very easy to use and useful CAD application AND it is Open Source! Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and
  13. I have been looking and looking for the answer to a question that developed early in my research of my model of the USS OHIO, so, I decided to see if there was someone in the group who may know the answer. I have not been able to get an answer from any of the research books or from the plans of the USS COLUMBUS (although the answer could be staring me in the face). The previous modeler(s) placed three sets of three single blocks on the deck just abaft each of the three masts. The fore mast has one block on the starboard side and two on the port side; the main mast has one block on the port
  14. My apologies for trying to post pictures of my USS OHIO headrig in the "Gallery". I was not aware that this space was reserved for "finished models". But in the interest of providing this information to the group I have posted the pictures on my web site at http://home.covad.net/fecook//Models . I hope to post the pictures of my finished USS OHIO in the near future. Regards, Frank
  15. I want to first thank all of you who have added to my knowledge of early nineteenth century Ships-Of-The-Line. Your suggestions on research books and especially the plans of the the USS COLUMBUS (courtesy of uss frolick) have helped me answer a number of questions about the USS OHIO model that I am attempting to restore. When I first began cleaning and separating the debris, the remnants of the bowsprit suggested that the headrig consisted of more than a typical bowsprit and jibboom but that there was yet another spar associated with the headrig. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovere
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