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The build log reconstruction begins... It has been a long time since I’ve started a new sailing ship build, with my sailing ship model (Oneida) taking about 4 years to complete. Ever since building Smuggler, an 1870’s mackerel seiner from Gloucester, I’ve been smitten by 19th and 20th century American fishing schooners. There are a number builds, both in progress and completed, that have been inspiring to me – Bluenose builds, a couple of Ben Lathams, a scratch build of Columbia, and even a few of the “yachty” Americas. Jim Lefever, who’s impressive Benjamin Latham build was a g
Well here goes. HMS Arethusa was a type 12 Leander class frigate, laid down in Sept 1962. She was, like the rest of the Leanders, named after a figure of mythology. Arethusa was the last ship built by J.S. White & Company Shipbuilders of east Cowes, Isle Of Wight. launched on 5 November 1963 and commissioned on 24 November 1965. In 1967, Arethusa deployed to the Mediterranean. At the end of 1967 she was docked down for a repair period finishing in the spring of 1968. In the same year she took part in Portsmouth 'Navy Days'. After re dedication the ship worked up at Portland,