Ship Modeler Clare Hess reports that his 1/24-scale model of a traditional Japanese fishing boat called a Hacchoro (Hot-Cho-Ro) is complete. The model, started in December of last year, is built from a Japanese kit with a few modifications. The boat carries the “Mon” or crest of the Tokugawa shogunate. History says that 24 of these boats were commissioned to provide escort for the Shogun’s boat. Due to restrictions on the number of oars that could be employed by the boats, they had a difficult time keeping up. So, special permission was given to increase the number of oars to 8. Thus, the name Hacchoro, which translates to “8 oars.”
All meetings take place on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30am aboard the ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier inside the San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park.
If the gates are closed when you arrive, simply open and enter (close it behind you please!) and if anyone asks, just let them know you’re there for the ship model meeting.
Hours & Info(415) 447-5000Park Hours: Daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Model Shop: Most Saturday mornings
San Francisco Maritime National Park