There’s good news for the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. With things opening up again in San Francisco, we’re going to start our in-person meetings again!
The bad news is that the gangway on the Eureka has been pulled due to tidal conditions, plus it will be relocated for repair later this year, so we won’t be meeting aboard the Eureka any time soon. Instead we will be meeting at the Bathhouse building, otherwise known as the Maritime Museum building, with our first meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 26th.
Meeting from 2018
The building doesn’t officially open until 10am, but there will be someone to let us in early. Our Commodore, Paul Reck, says we’ll meet up in front of the building between 9am and 9:30am, and we’ll call someone to let us in.
This will be the first in-person meeting we’ve had in over a year. Hopefully, people will bring projects to share and discuss. We’re also hoping that some new people will come to inject some new ship modeling interest into our group.
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Check out the latest ship models added to our club’s model gallery. Click on the menu above or click here. The newest additions include the Civil War timberclad river gunboat USS Peosta, an RC model built by Paul Reck and Tom Shea, A large scale sailing skiff model by Paul Reck, an Edo period Japanese cargo riverboat by Clare Hess, and a card model of a medieval cog, c.1380. Ω
Check out the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights new Youtube channel!
HSPMS member and Commodore Paul Reck has been showing his models to members and other friends by making neat little slide show videos, so it only makes sense to make them available for the public to view.
In addition, we a pretty decent collection of photos from a couple club outings, and from some members that take photos of their progress. Add to that a little footage of our meetings and you have some nice recruitment video material.
Here is the first video we’ve posted. It’s a collection of photos and video footage taken from our 2017 Day Sail aboard the scow schooner Alma, which belongs to the San Francisco Maritime National Park. Check it out.
Our second video is a progress slideshow of Paul Reck’s scratch built US Coast Guard 26′ motor lifeboat. We haven’t seen any footage of it in the water though. Hopefully, it’s not at the bottom of the bay!
Be sure to view these on Youtube and give us a like, and make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel, Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, to view our latest videos.
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
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
Model Shop aboard the Ferry Boat Eureka
Guests are always welcome! Members, remember to pay dues, $20, to Paul Reck this month.
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