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


Model Shop aboard the Ferry Boat Eureka


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


October Meeting Postponed One Week

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!

No September Meeting

The model club’s annual barbecue is happening late this year, and will be taking place in lieu of the regular September ship model meeting on Saturday, September 17th.

So, there will be no regular meeting that day, and the ship model shop on board the Eureka will be closed. Members who haven’t done so, should make sure to contact Paul Reck about attending the barbecue, which will be at 1pm at his house.

First Meeting of 2016

This Saturday is the first meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights for 2016.


Some of the topics we’ll likely be discussing:

  • Safety Training
  • Shop Library Status
  • Model Requests from the Park Service
  • Dues collection ($24 due this meeting!)

And, of course, we have our regular ongoing meeting topics and Show and Tell. So, please make sure to bring something to show and discuss. Keep working on those ship models!

See you Saturday at 9:30am aboard the Eureka. Guests are always welcome.

HSPMS Meeting this Saturday, November 21 on the Eureka

It’s time again for the next meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. This should be a good meeting as it’s the first meeting following this year’s NRG conference and last week’s club outing aboard the USS Potomac.


The meeting also follows a workday that took place a couple weeks ago where a number of club members met to clean up our workshop and set up a new bookshelf.

As always, guests are welcome. We meet at 9:30am on the third Saturday of every month outside our workshop aboard the ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier. Going aboard the ships at the pier usually requires that you purchase a pass. However, if you are coming just for the meeting, just head right on aboard the Eureka. If anyone asks, just let them know you’re heading for the ship model meeting.

Hope to see you there!


July Meeting

The next meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights is this coming Saturday, June 18th. We’ll be meeting as usual aboard the ferryboat Eureka at 9:30am.

Club topics that will be discussed will include our Annual Barbecue, which is taking place on Saturday, August 15th in lieu of our regular August meeting. Also, we’ll be trying to get a final count and to nail down a specific date for our upcoming club cruise on board the former Presidential Yacht, U.S.S. Potomac. The plan is to get a group of 20 signed up for a 2 hour cruise on either August 8th or September 12th. Members need to chime in so we can get this nailed down!

The Potomac is moored near Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. More info on the ship can be found at: usspotomac.org.



HSPMS May Meeting Follow-Up

Today was the May meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights and it was quite a gathering. With 11 members and 1 newly joining member and 2 guests, we had one of the largest meetings in quite some time, which was quite refreshing.


Lots of great after-meeting discussions.

We saw some good progress with models, with a couple that haven’t been seen in a while. Leo Kane brought in his scratch-built 1/64-scale US Frigate Essex that he’s been working on for about 3 years now. New member Dale Rappleye showed us some progress on his first ship model, the Armed Virginia Sloop, which he is building from a kit by Model Expo. There was also a nice half-hull model of a local sailing yacht, a scratch-built Skipjack, and more.


Skipjack model started by Paul Reck and finished by Dan Canada.




John Ferguson’s half hull model.




Dale Rappleye’s Armed Virginia Sloop.


As mentioned above, we had one visitor who joined our ragtag band of ship modelers at meetings end, making him the third new ship modeler to join the group so far this year. As ship model clubs all over struggle for members and to maintain attendance at their meetings, it’s nice to see this little group grow.

And, as kids getting into ship modeling, one of our guests in attendance was the grandson of member Warren Gammeter, and brought in a model of a Whitehall Tender that young man is working on with his granddad.  A refreshing sight at the meeting.

Minutes with additional photos will be available online in the next week or so.