Pete Jaquith Posted April 18, 2014 Share #1 Posted April 18, 2014 The brigantine Newsboy was designed by Dennison J. Lawlor of Chelsea, MA (designer of the very successful pilot schooners Dancing Feather, Hesper, and Phantom) for owners Dabney & Cunningham of Boston. Newsboy was built at the Joshua C. Adams and Elisha Brown shipyard in Owl’s Head, ME where she was launched in June, 1854. She had a length of 111 feet, beam of 27 feet, depth of 12 feet, and tonnage of 290 tons. While described as a brigantine, the rig is more accurately described as a hermaphrodite brig because there were no square sails on the main mast. The Newsboy was engaged in the triangular trade: carrying lumber and manufactured goods from New England to the Mediterranean; transporting wine, oil, and fruits to the West Indies; and returning to New England with rum, molasses, and sugar. The Monthly Nautical Magazine said “having a reputation for speed, by wringing reluctant laurels from her competitors who have chanced to fall in company with her at sea….she does her designers no discredit…her log will speak for itself”. The model is built to a scale of 3/16” to the foot (1:64) based on an old Model Shipways solid hull kit and plans by George F. Campbell. The model is plank on solid construction, with built up bulwarks, planked decks and topsides, coppered bottom, and scratch built deck furniture/fittings. Limited commercial fittings will be utilized where appropriate, and the rigging will be proportional linen line with Warner Woods’ blocks. The Brigantine Newsboy is my 4th wooden ship model and the 2nd in my series of mid 1800’s American merchant sailing ship models. As time permits, I will attempt to post the high points of my previous MSW Build Log. Peter Jaquith Shipbuilder Elia, avsjerome2003, druxey and 22 others 25 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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