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Clipper Western Shore s 1/96 built 1874 by rwiederrich


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Among many other things..I plan on building the clipper ship Western Shore.  She has a most wonderful and exciting...not to mention short history.  She was the only clipper to have been built on the West coast of the US...in Coos Bay Oregon over 20 years after the last clipper was built on the East coast. She set world speed records and holds the fastest time from Portland Oregon to Liverpool England to this day of 97 days.

 

Built for Asa Simpson in Coos Bay/North Bend Yards by John Kruse...the Western Shore will be a grand addition to my Donald McKay collection.  One note....the WS was sporting 6 yards per mast and the main mast yards were the same size as the fore and both main and for masts were the same height. This calculation was probably the reason she was known as the fastest clipper ever built...beating clippers easily that were 20 years her junior.

 

A couple photos(Paintings)..were as there are no actual photographs of the ship. Steve Priske in his soon to be published book will provide the hull and line drawings.

 

Scale will be decided at a later date...but I will probably stay close to 1/96...for special reasons.

 

 

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Hi there

 

Your clipper looks like it'll be a beauty and I'll be following along. I'm just wondering why the 1/96 scale is suitable because of 'special reasons'. Is it because of limited space to be displayed?

 

Cheers

 

Patrick

That is correct Patrick. I would like to make her a bit larger...but space has become a premium..since I already display 3 large clipper models...not to mention the plethora of smaller scale ships.  I still have the Great Republic to make in the future as well....so things are tight.

 

Rob 

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Arrrrgggg 

  you beat me to the punch! I'm gathering research for the Western Shore, I have a connection with the ship as some of my family live in Coos Bay. I'm waiting for the Priske book- I e-mailed him just a few weeks ago and he indicated it would be in publishing soon. Can't wait to see your build.

  thanks

  Steve

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Sorry Steve...just got done talking to Priske and after his cross country move he will tackle his book and hopefully the plans will become available.

 

Interesting note concerning the Western Shore...Concerning her overall look,  as model shipwrights (Well anyone for that matter) need to keep
 in mind this ship was an aberration, being built on ways and by shipwrights who only built Schooners and Barkentines. The Simpson’s down
 in San Francisco designed the ship after ‘looking’ over all the clippers at anchor in the bay, and then ‘commanded’ the fellows at coos bay to
 built it (it was really out of their league). The ship was so large compared to all previous (and subsequent) builds, that she ‘stuck’
 to the ways on launching (and needed a tug boat to yank her off the ways). She was then towed down to San Francisco
 without masts as the builders in coos bay were not qualified to rig a square rigger (they had never built one). Things like the ship steering gear
 was designed from an 1850’s whaling ship block and tackle used at the time,  whereas in the 1870’s ‘all’ ships used ‘gear’
 steering, and the like.

 

One side note...her deck plan was not unlike that of Donald McKay's Glory of the Seas.....so building her will be even more so of an enjoyment.

 

I think I will reverse engineer my first build from Steve Priske's own builds.

 

I hope you too begin your build of her soon and maybe we can share techniques and ideas. What *connection* do you have?  More then family?

 

Rob
 

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It's funny, but as I go through my notes on the Western Shore...a Particular incident comes to mind and was possibly a good reason why Asa Simpson built the Shore.  In a newspaper interview Asa gives a detailed account of ‘why’ he built the ‘shore’ and it all centered around an east coast Captain leaning over the handrail of his ‘clipper’ ship (could have been a Mckay or Webb ship?) shouting to one of Asa’s captains in command of one of their Barkentines, “nice yacht”!That friendly insult along with what must have been constant chiding at their many dinner parties, inspired Asa to ‘prove’ his west coast yards could indeed built a true clipper ship (there’s a whole bunch more to the east coast skepticism, a whole bunch of which centers around using Oregon Cedars and Fir, rather
then east coast hardwoods to build premium ships).  Great American know-how and a streak of competitiveness....

 

Great story.  The discovery of this vessel and its record breaking runs...will forever change the history books according to clipper design and history.

 

Rob
 

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Further study reveals that the Western Shore had a simple(whaler) tiller style steering gear...unlike the mechanical designs of clippers a decade earlier and since.

 

Here are some examples of the wheel and tiller rigging the Western Shore emulated.

 

Asa Simpson wanted his ships as modern as possible..but  sturdy and sometimes the simpler the design the better.

 

He never insured his vessels since he owned and operated them for his own particulars.....and when they wrecked that was it.

 

Rob

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I will be watching with interest.  At 1/96 the parts will be rough to produce I speak from experience and will give you some good times but I fully understand size restrictions.  I like the cut of her.  Good luck.

David B

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Thanks......I will probably be building several copies of the Western Shore...one by way of using a heavily modified hull of an existing CS hull and then later after I am given permission from the owner of the plans...a plank on bulkhead version.  As some may know from previous builds of mine..I like to use inexpensive 1/96 polystyrene hulls and then modify them as much as possible to the correct dimensions. Saves time.

 

This will be tricky.....however, since only carpenter drawings are all that remain of her hull.  Her deck fixtures and fittings are not unlike that of the McKay, Glory of the Seas, and her forecastle is not unlike that of the Flying fish.  Asa Simpsen simply went aboard vessels at anchor and took measurements and ideas, from what I gather.

 

Rob

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I wish I had gotten a better image.  I hand laid the individual planks...stained and then they required ample sanding to bring them to a smooth finish.

 

Some  accounts suggests that the Western Shore sported a single tree bowsprit/jib-boom unlike many clippers that had a bowsprit, cap and separate jib-boom.  Others suggest a bit less typical with the bowsprit of square dimensions and a jib-boom of typical round configuration. 

 

I will continue my research, until I am confident of this.

 

Rob

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Sorry had not made any new entries for this log...I've been so distracted with work and the need to finish up a few other models before completely delving into the Western Shore.  Plus..my connections to acquire a set of plans has been detained.  So, I'll wait.    \

 

Rob(sorry)

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I feel like I've been in the no build desert the last year.  Now I'm entertaining prepping to build the Great Republic...from scratch...solid wood hull.

 

I must be nuts.  Next week I begin a 2 month build session to get the Glory of the Seas back on track with all her yards finished and her back stays set....maybe more.   Not to mention I still have to work on the Donald McKay(Just the hull finished) and the new Western Shore I finished the deck for.

Plus I am planning(the hull s painted) to build the 1/96 Constitution when she was a receiving vessel.

 

And if that isn't all...I still need to rig a few more stays on the Ferreira and rig lifts and running rigging for the foremast.

 

With all that said, I will need to relocate the Charles W Morgan and my whaling section in my library(Man cave) to make room for the new Great Republic :huh:

 

What have I become??????

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