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I’ve decided to start this build log even though it might take me a long long time to complete. This is the Pride of Baltimore from MS, but I am substituting some fine woods I’ve gotten from Hobby Mill and will be adding more guns to the deck. I’d like to make a ship that could have been an 1812 privateer. 


As this ship is just so beautiful under sail – I intend to make sails and also experiment with coppering the hull with a green patina.


I discovered early on that I made a big mistake with the hull. A few of the bulkheads were not symmetrical and I didn’t catch it until I started to plank. I almost ditched the project- anyone who knows ships or modeling would catch it, but I figured that most people wouldn’t so I’m continuing. 





I missed figuring out how to plank the counter properly also, but will keep it going.


This is such an addictive hobby and it is so much fun to be a part of MSW. I have so much to learn from you all!

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Thanks very much Michael and Don! Mark your Pride is looking very nice and I see that you planked your counter properly. I had to come up with this solution for the transom area. 



I realized that if I want to turn this ship into an 1812 privateer, I have to raise up the bulwark/rail by another 1 foot.  According to plans on p. 251 of Howard Chapelle’s “The Search for Speed Under Sail” the privateer ship rail height is 3’ and the Pride model is only 2’. 



I’ll have to add to the height of my bulwark to get the guns to fit properly.

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Thanks for the compliment on my stern transom.  I think mine is horrible . I have lots of gaps to fill and I think I sanded away too much and it may not be quite the right shape.  It’s funny how when it comes to our ships we are our own worst critics.  Based on your post maybe it turned out better then I thought :D .  It will be interesting to watch the contrast in our builds.  As you are trying to modify her into resembling an original fighting Baltimore Clipper, I am going a different way and my goal is to try and build it as true to the current  ship as my meager skills will allow.  I will enjoy watching you proceed and I am sure I will learn lots from your progress.



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Coppering only turns green OUT of the water, and most privateers probably weren't coppered - coppering's expensive and these boats were the Saturday Night Specials of the sea. (see page 208 of The Search for Speed Under Sail) 
Both Pride's and several other recreations/replicas use that bird-poop colored green bottom paint I guess cause it looks like copper gone green and dull copper/brown bottom paint must not be available.  But it's more likely a privateer's bottom would be painted in the lime and tallow, or white bottom Chapelle points out.

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Thanks Jerry,

I just read that passage in Chapelle's book. I always wondered why the ship was painted in that green patina color and I assumed that it was to imply a coppered bottom. Since I'm deviating from building this as an accurate Pride model, I may try to copper it anyway. Or I may paint it, not sure. 


I can't wait to see your Pride in the water.


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