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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

More material on deck furniture. Key points include:

 

>>> Hatch covers and coamings stained/painted

>>> Ringbolts fitted to hatch covers

>>> Hatch covers and coamings installed

>>> Fore mast tackle blocks fitted prior to fitting fwd fife rails

>>> Companionway, fife rails, and poop ladders painted and installed

>>> Fwd smoke pipe fabricated/painted/fitted

>>> Fore staysail and fore sail horses fitted

>>> Windlass brake handles fitted in stowages inside fwd bulwarks (not shown on plans)

>>> Anchors, chain pipes, and anchor chain fitted

>>> LESSONS LEARNED - WHILE MANY SHIP MODELS SHOW RINGBOLTS FOR HATCH BOARD LIFTING POINTS, RECESSES WITH CROSSING STRAPS WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE - I WILL DEVELOP SUCH A DETAIL ON FUTURE MODELS

 

Pete Jaquith

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Finishing up with the deck furniture, key points include:

 

>>> Main sheet horse fitted

>>> Shinkicker steering gear design/fabricated/painted/installed

>>> Steering gear design based on "Eagle" 1847 and "Kate Cory" 1856 drawings

>>> Belaying pins fitted to poop deck rails

 

Pete Jaquith

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Thank you for your interest and comments on "Eagle" 1847,

 

Before starting masts/rigging, I will cover fabrication and installation of the ship's boat. Key points include:

 

>>> Ship's boat was fabricated using Bob Hunt's mini-practicum on Ship's Boats

>>> Ship's boat was fabricated from laminated basswood sheet with a CL bulkhead

>>> Boat interior was carved out using rotary tools (picture attached)

>>> Oar locks were silver soldered

>>> After painting, the ship's boat was rigged to the boat davits

>>> Final installation and boat's outfit will follow rigging completion

 

Following posts will address masting, rigging setup, sail making, and brining it all together.

 

Pete Jaquith

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

With the deck furniture complete, I moved on to the "sticks and strings" building phase.  Key points include:

 

>>> Rigging setup lists identify fabrication/rigging setup steps

>>> Spar fabrication sketches prepared from working drawings

>>> Spar taper based on parabolic camber rules

>>> Spars were birch dowels turned on a mini-lathe (often using sanding sticks)

>>> Spar construction details typical of mid 1800's practice

>>> Rigging ironwork combination of Bluejacket castings, Bristol board bands, and silver soldered brass fittings

>>> Yard truss, topsail yard parell, and boom sheet assemblies are working fittings

>>> Rigging setup (fitting of blocks and rigging lines) completed prior to installation

 

Pete Jaquith

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Next step was mast fabrication.  Key points include:

 

>>> Mast and trestle tree construction details based on period practice

>>> Rigging ironwork used Bluejacket castings, Bristol board mast bands, and silver soldered brass fittings

>>> Lower foreyard and fore topsail yard use working yard truss and yard parrel fittings

>>> Mast rigging setup per rigging setup lists

>>> Tackle blocks fitted to fore deck before mast/fife rail installation (below fife rail)

>>> Masts will be further outfitted prior to final installation

 

Next posts will address sail making/installation

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

With spars and masts complete, attention turned to sail making.  Key points include:

 

>>> Sail making was based on Robert Hunt's mini-practum Making Sails

>>> Material was thin cotton muslin

>>> Stitching was done on an old second hand Singer sewing machine

>>> Sail design based on working plans with details from Steel's Elements of Mastmaking, Sailmaking, and Rigging 1794

>>> Rigging setup (blocks and rigging lines) per rigging setup lists

 

Note that sails only approximate real sails, and they change the look of the model by shifting your eyes from the hull and deck furniture to the masts, sails, and rigging.  I will post a separate set of notes on sailmaiking. 

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

With the masts, spars, and sails complete its time to bring all the pieces together.  Key points include:

 

Bowsprit & Jobboom:

>>> Bowsprit set up

>>> Jibboom and dolphan striker set up and fitted

>>> Head rigging (bowsprit, dolphin striker, and jibboom rigging) fitted

>>> Balance of head rigging will be completed when fore stays are rigged after fore mast installation

>>> NOTE: HEAD RIGGING INCLUDES BOWSPRIT SHROUDS AND JIBBOOM GUYS NOT SHOWN ON THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS; DETAILS WERE TAKEN FROM CONTEMPORARY SHIP MODEL PLANS

 

Ship's Boat:

>>> Falls for the ship's boat were fitted; final installation will follow rigging completion

 

Pete Jaquith

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Thank you for your interest in the Maine Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847,

 

Floyd:

Still working here in North Vancouver, BC Canada.  We are a few months away from starting construction on the 1st new construction ships.  Contracts include (3) OFSV Fisheries Research vessels, (1) OOSV Oceanographic Research Vessel, (2) JSS Joint Support Ships, (1) Polar Icebreaker, (5) MEMTV Mid Shore Support Vessels, and (5) Mid Shore Patrol Vessels.

 

Tony:

I still have the Brigantine "Newsboy" 1854 and the 14 Gun Brig "Fair American" circa 1780 to complete.  Following them I am looking at William Webb's Merchant Brig "Volante" 1853, the Whaling Brig 'Kate Cory" 1856, and the Steam Salvage Tug "Foundation Franklin" 1918.

 

Greg:

I am typically building for my own collection; however, "Eagle" went to a dear friend in Maine and "Fair American" will go to another dear friend with strong ties to the Navy.

 

Regards,

Pete

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Continuing with final rigging, key points include:

 

Final Setup:

>>> Topmasts fitted to main & fore masts

>>> Shrouds, topmast shrouds, and stays fitted to mast assemblies

>>> Main gaff topsail fitted to the main mast assembly

>>> Main and fore sail fitted to gaffs & booms

>>> Fore topsail fitted to fore topsail yard

>>> Fore staysail fitted to fore staysail boom

>>> Fore lower yard fitted to fore mast assembly

 

Setting the Masts:

>>> Main and fore mast fitted 

>>> Shroud and stay setup commenced

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Continuing with the masts and final rigging, key points include:

 

Mast installation:

>>> Fife rails were fitted following mast installation

>>> LESSONS LEARNED FOR FUTURE BUILDS - INSTALL FWD FIFE RAIL IN TWO PIECES AFTER RIGGING FORE LOWER YARD LIFT AND FORE TOPSAIL SHEET TACKLES

 

Stays, shrouds, backstays, and ratlines:

>>> Fore stays, main stays, shrouds, and back stays setup

>>> Stays, shrouds, backstays tensioned and head rigging completed

>>> Fore & aft ratlines fitted

 

Sails and running rigging:

>>> Jibs and forestay sail fitted as the fore stays were set up

 

"Eagle" 1847 is almost complete now; remaing posts will cover fitting the remaining spars, sails, running rigging, and final outfit details.

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Moving ahead with the spars, sails, and running rigging, key points include:

 

Sail & spar installation sequence:

>>> Jibs and fore staysail (with fore stays)

>>> Main sail, main gaff topsail, 34 star ensign

>>> Fore sail

>>> Fore top sail and Eagle pendant

 

Rigging setup:

>>> Standing rigging (fore stays, main stays, shrouds, backstays, and ratlines)

>>> Jobs and fore staysail

>>> Main sail, main gaff topsail, 34 star ensign

>>> Fore sail, fore topsail, and Eagle pendent

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Welcome to the Topsail Schooner "Eagle" 1847 build log,

 

Finishing up the running rigging and final pick up, key points include:

>>> Final drops of thinned white glue to secure rigging lines

>>> Rigging coils installed

>>> Ship's boat secured

>>> Final paint touchup

>>> Model cased and mounted in brass pedestals

 

The model now rests in the home of a dear friends in the State of Maine.  They are Maine natives, which is appropriate for this ship is typical of Maine coastal traders of the mid 1800's.

 

Pete Jaquith

Shipbuilder

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Thank you for your interest and complements.

 

I enjoy studying these ships and in particular these examples of merchant sail from the mid 1800's.  It is also a joy to reproduce a likeness of these beautiful ships with my own hands.

 

Regards,

Pete

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