From the time of the American Revolution until about 1850, the sailing ships of the United States were first designed entirely with half-hull models. These models were constructed by shipwrights as a means of planning the ship’s design and sheer. This model was an exact scale replica of the ship’s hull. From this model the shipwright was able to enlarge the lines and built a full size symmetrical hull. Gradually, it became the practice to draw ship plans first on paper, superseding the use of half-models except as a building aid. Today, many boat owners will have a half-hull model carved after their boat has been built.
Set a course to our workshop and build these classic half-hull models. You will use patterns made from the boats plan to layout and cut all the basswood parts. These parts will be glued together and when dry, the hull profile will be shaped and sanded. After finishing your hull with paint or clear shellac, you will make and finish the back board. Upon completion, the model will be mounted to the back board and a brass plate identifying the vessel and date will be installed.
Cape Cod Catboat Saturday & Sunday
June 22nd & June 23rd
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
The Cape Cod Catboat first appeared in the 1880's in Buzzard's Bay along the south shore of Cape Cod. Having a cat rig and a broad beam, these powerful work-boats often had a "barn door" outboard rudder that is now considered typical of the Cape cat. The noted Crosby family, of Osterville on Cape Cod, were the leading builders of catboats.
Length 18”, Scale: 7/8"=1’.
The Noank Sloop is typical of the working sloops that were once built in Noank, Connecticut, and other towns along the Long Island Sound shores, and in Narragansett Bay. These sloops were intended for tonging and dredging oysters, lobstering, and line fishing.
Length 18”, Scale: ¾”=1'
Connecticut River Shad Boat
The Connecticut River Shad or Drag Boat was used on the lower Connecticut River, in the shad fishery, and in other fisheries along the Connecticut shore.
Length 18”, Scale: 1”=1'
New Haven Sharpie
The New Haven Sharpie seems to have begun its climb to popularity in the fisheries at New Haven, Connecticut in the 1870’s. It was primarily an oyster-tonging boat developed in hull and rig for this work.
Length 15”, Scale: 3/4"=1’.