Do you like building models? Are you interested in old sailing ships? Do you like talking with the public? Would you like to help our National Park Service? Then join the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights at our workshop aboard the ferryboat Eureka and become a National Park Service volunteer!
Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights is a ship model club, but our association with the San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park requires us to be officially on the roles as Park Service Volunteers. Our job is to be ship modelers and to share what we do with visitors when we’re at our workshop. There are opportunities throughout the year to volunteer in other ways if you like, but there is obligation.
Come to a meeting and see what we’re about. Never built a ship model before? We’ll help you get started!
Our monthly meetings take place at 9:30am on the third Saturday of every month aboard the ferryboat Eureka. The Park doesn’t officially open until 9:30am, so if you come early, just pull open the big sliding gate and make sure to close it behind you. If anyone asks you, just let them know you’re heading to our ship model meeting.
Once aboard the Eureka, bear left on the main deck to get to our workshop. You’ll see our display of models outside our shop.
Sakonnet Daysailer by Paul McKenzie
Just want to learn about ship modeling or just want to visit? You’re always welcome to attend our meeting. Also, there’s often someone working in the shop on most Saturday mornings. Feel free to stop by and say “hello!” Ω
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.
This year, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights club didn’t have the usual annual BBQ due to schedule conflict among members. We put it off a couple times, and next thing you know, the weather isn’t good for it. So, instead, we decided to have a club sponsored lunch. There were a couple possibilities, but since Paul Reck is an associate member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, we decided it would be a nice location for our club lunch, and so we scheduled the lunch to follow our November meeting.
Lunch at the St. Francis
HSPMS member Paul Reck shares some photos showing his progress on his 1776 Lake Champlain gunboat Philadelphia, which he is building from scratch in 1/24 scale, based on plans purchased from the Smithsonian.
Paul Reck showing his progress on the gunboat Philadelphia at the October meeting. Member Dan Canada at left.
The original boat was built on Lake Champlain as part of a small fleet of boats by Benedict Arnold in 1776. The project was a race to hold off British plans to move into the Hudson River valley. The boat was lost in the Battle of Valcour Island later in the year, but the loss of this and the other boats of the fleet was a strategic victory for the Americans, as it held off British plans until the end of the campaign year, when it became too late for the British to carry them out for another year.
Today was supposed to be the regularly scheduled meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. However, due to injuries and other issues among several members, we decided it best to postpone the meeting for one week. That puts the October meeting on Saturday, October 28th, at our usual 9:30am time.
Member of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights were emailed the announcement yesterday. Hopefully, they checked their email and didn’t waste a trip.
So, next week, we’ll check in on Paul Reck’s progress on his scratch built model of the 1776 American gunboat Philadelphia based on plans from the Smithsonian. We’ll also be discussing plans for a proposed holiday party, which is something of a replacement for our annual barbecue, which didn’t pan out this year.
Hope to see you there!
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