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

February Meeting and a Recommended Model Kit

After dealing with some scheduling issues due to looming government shutdowns, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights managed a nice, normal meeting on February 17, the first meeting of the year. We had 8 members attending, which is pretty good for this group. We agreed that we need to bring in more ship modelers, as only about 3 attending members have been actively ship modeling in recent months.

Still, it was one of the most productive meetings we’ve had in some time. We also managed to replace the dehumidifier tubs in the big square-rigger model’s case. Being on the bay, we need to do this periodically to help keep these display models in good condition.

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First Meeting of the Year

Saturday, January 21st, will be the first meeting of 2017 for the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. It’s a new year, and getting together with fellow ship modelers is a great way to start!

Paul McKenzie and his Sakonnet Daysailer model at the November meeting.

Paul McKenzie and his Sakonnet Daysailer model at the November meeting.

The weather is certainly questionable,  so I’m hoping many of us will be able to attend with their projects to finish out the year, wish each other happy holidays, and get us ready and inspired to start the new ship modeling year!

However, to help entice members to attend and to celebrate the start of the new ship modeling year, the club will be providing free coffee and pastries. So, bring those projects, warm up with coffee and treats, and spend a little time with your ship modeling cohorts!

As always, guests are welcome. Meeting takes place in the model shop aboard the ferryboat Eureka at 9:30am. If the Park gate is closed, simply let yourself in.


See you there!

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights in Japan

During a brief visit at Japanese ship model manufacturer Woody Joe by Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Clare Hess, a gift of HSPMS hats was presented to the company president and chief design engineer.


Mr. Tsuneki, the company president, and Mr. Arata, the chief design engineer, show off their spiffy new Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights hats in front of the main office in Shizuoka, Japan.

The club had several club patches available, and Terry Dorman was able to order the hats for us. Clare Hess had the patches sewn onto the hats before leaving on his trip, which took place in September.

Clare Hess also had an opportunity to present hats to two members of the Tokyo branch of the Japanese ship model society, The Rope, Mr. Uriu and Mr. Sekiguchi, who he met for dinner and drinks, along with Mr. Uriu’s daughter, Hanako. Ω