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I am starting my first build of the Naval Cutter Alert, and I'd like to recreate all stages of construction at the shipyard, similar to the low-polygon project at http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=33757&f=81

 

What books or other sources of information are the primary sources to learn more about the actual building process at the shipyards? The Alert was built in Dover, and then sheathed with copper in a graving dock as Deptford. Good to know, but can anyone point me towards visual guides of the building techniques at that time for a smaller ship like the Alert?

 

Also, where can I find information about the wharfes themselves (layout, buildings, machinery, etc)?

 

 

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Sounds like an interesting project.

 

You might find some useful information on traditional wooden  boat building in this video.

 

 

Reference to it was made by a member on the old MSW.

 

If you are in the UK, a visit to Bucklers Hard may provide you with interesting background.

 

http://www.bucklershard.co.uk/

 

B.E.

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Rogue-

 

Excellent idea! I did that once before, since demolished due to space, and will probably do it again. The Book "Building the Wooden Fighting Ship" by James Dodds and James Moore is excellent. You might like this idea to show some tasks. These are 1:24 and real easy to make. Pipe cleaners and 1/2" faces from Hobby Lobby. It's been so long I can't remember where I got the dead eye illustration.

Ed

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Thanks! I went to the library today, and "Building the Wooden Ship" was available, and I got it - very interesting book. :-)

 

And the documentary is awesome! I visited the Batavia shipyard at Lelystad in the Netherlands last summer, and learned quite a lot about the ongoings there as well.

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Try the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, Wooden Walls exhitbit is excellent, the other place that comes to mind would have been the Science Museum at Kensington but I am told the Maritime exhibit which had some excellent models has closed.

Bucklers hard is excellent as mentioned - its where HMS Snake was built my last timber model.

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While not a British yard, there are some wonderful photo's of the diorama of a Colonial shipyard on The LumberYard website (who is one of the fantastic supporters of this site).

 

http://www.dlumberyard.com/hahn-PART5.html

 

There are also some posted to the  Model Boat Yard website at http://www.modelboatyard.com/NewportNews02.html

 

 

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Thanks, everyone. I happened upon this book: "Ships and Seamanship: The Maritime Prints of JJ Baugean" by John Harland, and there is a section of ship building and repair in it. Beautiful prints, and great first-hand evidence.

 

Really lucky to find this book: I was passing a second hand bookstore downtown, and there it was in the window. can$40, which is not bad.

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