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Mediator was a single masted merchant sloop built in 1741 or 42 on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Purchased for use by the Royal Navy in May 1745 and lost less than three months later, she was caught up in the great affairs of the Jacobite Rebellion. In those three months she was in and out of the Mediterranean; captured by the French privateer La Naiade off the Needles; retaken the following day by HMS Assistance. After repairs she was quickly recommissioned and joined the convoys supplying the English land forces in the War of Austrian Succession. She foundered in Ostend harbour o
Being a newbie, this will be my first build log so please feel free to chime in with any and all helpful hints! The plan is to build a 14' banks dory with my nephew building one alongside me, so hopefully he'll learn a little something about both model making and the history of the full sized boat. I'm hoping to do things quickly since his attention level may slip if things get too long winded. I will take pictures and post updates to the log as quickly as possible but if my day job should interfere there may be a few gaps in the posting. Dories have long been a love of mine, since I was broug