New Bedford Whaleboat by Tom Shea

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Tom Shea brought in his completed New Bedford Whaleboat model at our meeting last month. Tom completed the model last year, but realized he hadn’t brought it in to a meeting in its completed form.

There were some 60,000 of these boats built by for the American whaling industry. They were sturdy boats, but put to very hard use and had life spans of not much more than three years. Today, maybe two dozen survive in maritime museums.

Tom’s is a 1/16 scale model based on a kit from Model Shipways. The kit is an excellent one, featuring plans and instruction book developed by Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr. Tom constructed a special stand that the boat sits upon and displays the all the boats oars, which are each sized differently depending on the rower’s position in the boat.

One of the most difficult parts of this kit, according to Tom, was all the small details of all the hardware carried by these boats, including harpoons, lances, compass, rope tubs, and more. In the last photo shown below, there’s even a knife in its sheath sitting on the stern platform.

Tom chose to give his model a dark, weathered finish, which really gives a feel of an old well used whaleboat – a beautifully done model. We’re all hoping it will end up on display in our ship model display cabinet outside our workshop on the Eureka. Ω

HSPMS Meeting Saturday

It’s that time again! The Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights are scheduled to meet on Saturday, February 16th at 9:30am aboard the ferry boat Eureka.

The pier is looking happier now, with the Balclutha back home. But, of course. there’s always the possibility that government will shut down again. That happened once this year and that affected our last meeting. So, check the news before heading over to the pier on Saturday morning. If there’s no shutdown, the meeting is on.

 

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights Meeting

9:30am

Model Shop aboard the Ferry Boat Eureka

 

Guests are always welcome! Members, remember to pay dues, $20, to Paul Reck this month.

 

Hyde Street Pier Closure

The government shutdown continues into the new year, which means that the San Francisco Maritime National Park is closed until further notice. For the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, this means that we will not be meeting aboard the Eureka again until the shutdown is over and the Park reopens.

No decision has yet been made on the possibility of holding the meeting at an alternate location. But, our regular monthly meeting is not until January 19th, and hopefully the shutdown will be over and the Park will reopen before then. Ω

Hyde Street Pier News Update

The latest issue of our newsletter is now posted. If you’re a member, you should have received your copy by email. Otherwise, just download it from the Meeting Notes page.

We’ve also posted a slide show of photos from the recent NRG conference in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen it, check out our blog posting.

Finally, remember that our next ship modelers’ meeting is this coming Saturday at 9:30am aboard the ferryboat Eureka. Hope to see you there!

Starting the Corel Flattie Project

The building of the Flattie kit by Corel began this past Saturday at the club’s model workshop aboard the Eureka. Members Paul Reck, Tom Shea and Clare Hess started the project. This kit is part of an effort by the club to recommend some ship model kits for new builders, and to serve as an intro kit for new club members. And, while the kit is officially a recommended kit, this is based mostly on cost, simplicity of the boat’s design, and simple rig.

Paul reviews the kit contents.

We purchased the kit from Ages of Sail, which is located across the bay, but we’re working on trying to get Kingspoke, the gift shop at the entrance to the pier, to carry the kit, so we can just send people there who are interested in starting the kit for themselves.

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