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Hey guys starting constructionon the U.S. constellation not many good pictures of her out there By the way this is the 1797 model not the one in Boston Any ideas on the paint scheme also did they use hammock rails on the desk like hms ships did would like to make this as close to accurate as I can First boat to make and would love the help thanks

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Welcome, kind sir!  As you note, the Constellation in Baltimore is a mid-19th century replacement of the original.  You may want to look into a couple of rather detailed volumes out there that discuss her history - may I suggest the following for a starting point for your research?


Chapelle, H. I., and L. D. Polland, 1970: The Constellation Question. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington. 


Ferguson, E. S., 1956: Truxtun of the Constellation; the life of Commodore Thomas Truxtun, U.S. Navy, 1755-1822. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 322 p. pp. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000334060(Accessed September 14, 2014).


Toll, I. W., 2006: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. 1ST edition. W. W. Norton, New York, 560 pp.  ISBN 9780393058475



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Im moving this topic...be sure to read "how to start a build log"  .  Since this doesnt constitute a build log I will change the the title to name it properly and move it to the nautical research forum.  Be sure to post in the appropriate forums and read the pinned topics for any and all info on what each forum is about.  This is really important when posting on the site.






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On the question of hammock cranes... which Constellation are you attempting?  The kit or maybe a bash/scratch?    The 1797 Constellation would have had hammock cranes.  The 1854 version didn't as the hammocks were stored the top of the bulwarks.

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Here's the link tot he 1797 Constellation info on Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_%281797%29


There are some paintings (none contemporary that I could see) available at http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46020.htm  The first 4 would be of the original frigate while the rest are of the new one built 1854.


I suspect that there were hammock rails of some sort - you may be able to glean some information from the Constitution history.  Note that the Navy History and Heritage Command did the miserable trick of redesigning their website late last year and most links to it do not work.  It is also very difficult to find anything there now. 

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