Galley Washington, 1776 – New Plans from the NRG

Ship Modeler Clare Hess reports on the new ship model plans recently released by the Nautical Research Guild. For the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, this is a pretty significant release given the similarities of the Galley Washington and the Cutter Lee, which ship modeler Paul Reck scratch built. Given that these plans are specifically for a plank-on-frame build, we’ll see how they are received by our group’s scratch-builders, which are predominantly plank-on-bulkhead and solid hull modelers.

Ship Modeler

I received a nice surprise in the mail today when a set of plans I ordered from the Nautical Research Guild showed up. I kind of splurged for my own birthday this year and got these plans and a few other things that I’ll write about in a future post.

The Washington was a galley built by General Arnold for service on the Lake Champlain in 1776. Because the prevailing winds on the lake blew along the length of the lake, she and her 3 sister ships were lateen rigged for the superior performance when sailing close to the wind.


These are VERY nice plans. They are model plans and designed for the construction of a 1/4″ scale plank-on-frame model. All the frames are drawn out, taking up 4 of the 10 sheets of plans. The details are nicely done and overall, the set of plans is top notch.

The NRG…

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