jerry_bee Posted April 12, 2013 Share #1 Posted April 12, 2013 (edited) I would like to reconstruct my little contribution to the MSW. so, here we go again: Some time ago (now over 6 years...) I started building a American War of Independence schooner, "Berbice". there is nothing much to say about her. the only contribution to the naval history is the drafts are the oldest preserved plans of the American schooner (as they say). the ship was captured by Englishmen and the plans were prepared for the Admiralty about 1789. a few years later she sank in Bermuda. "Berbice" was easily distinguished from other schooners, because she had a more elevated aft deck, a feature that could prove she was a work of Scandinavian shipbuilders. I have been building the model basing on drawings from the Karl Marquardt's book "The Global Schooner". Unfortunately, I have quite mixed feelings about the quality of these drawings. There are a few drafting inaccuracies, unfortunately appearing when the building was already in progress. I decided to go through with the build. The "Berbice" plans were also published in no. 101 (or 100, I am not sure) of "Model Shipwright" magazine, also by Marquardt. I do not know if it's the same drawings. I have also bought 'a sonderheft' published by the German Society of Shipmodellers. It was written by Marquardt, with the same drawings (and errors...). Also, you can see the differences between Marquardt's and Chapman's version of the ship, even the stern is a bit different. The good point is there is also an original Admiralty draft, for the convenience. I have decided to build a virtual model to fix these problems, but it is a material for another story. as a 'side-effect' I have been preparing some modeller's draft. I have no idea if I ever manage to finish it. Edited April 12, 2013 by Jaro Bakowski avsjerome2003 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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