Ship-board Battle Station

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Jon Sorensen modified a kit to create this navel battle station out of hardwoods.

Cannons and carronades were the “heavy artillery” of fighting ships well into the 19th Century. They recoiled fiercely, their barrels grew hot enough to burn the gunners, and once in a while, explode. They were heavy enough that a crew of seven usually man-handled them back into position once they were fired. Cannon balls were rammed down the barrels, powder poured into the breech, then lit with a match, or later, a flintlock. They were deafening when fired.

Period: 1700-1800                   This model is 10” x 10”                         Scale: 1:23

H.M.S. Beagle

HMS Beagle - John Walsh

John Walsh built this model from a kit over a span of seven months. It’s a limewood plank-on-bulkhead type.

HMS Beagle was a10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 11 May 1820. In July of that year she took part in a fleet review celebrating the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom in which she was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge. She was adapted as a survey barque and took part in three expeditions. On the second survey voyage the young naturalist Charles Darwin was on board, and his work would eventually make the Beagle a most famous ship.

Period: mid-19th Century            Model length: 27”, height: 21”            Scale: 3/16”= 1ft.

Oseberg skipet

Oseberg skipet - Eric Collett

Erik Collett spent 150 hours building this Norwegian Viking Ship model.
The hull is built from oak planks, glued together and then glued to the
ribs. The wood was then sealed with flat varnish. The sail is cotton.

The original ship was built in 815AD and was used as a burial ship after 20 years of icoastal trading. It was discovered on an Oseberg, Norway farm in 1904. It has been restored and can be seen today at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. The ship was 71 feet long, 17 feet wide. The mast was 40 feet tall and carried a 30feet wide, 15 feet long sail. Square homespun wool was used for the sail. The squares were sewn together with strips of leather. There are 15 oar holes on each side. The rudder was an enlarged oar fitted on the aft starboard side.

Period: 815-834, now restored           Model length: 17”, height 10”             Scale:1:50

Seguin – Jim Blackwell

Seguin - Jim Blackwell

Jim Blackwell modified a kit model of this tugboat. It is wooden throughout.

The Seguin was built in Maine in 1884. She spent her first years towing sailing vessels in the Kennebec River and barges along the Atlantic Coast. In the early 1900’s, she became a New York harbor tug. She was retired in 1967.

Period: 1884-1967                      Model length: 26”               Scale: 1/4”=1ft.

PT-109 42 EP

PT 109-42-EP
Jon Sorensen built this model from a plastic kit which he modified to add more authentic detail. This is a radio-controlled model.

PT (short for “Patrol Torpedo”) Boats of World War Two were called “Devil Boats” by the Japanese, and “the mosquito fleet” by the sailors who manned them. They were fast, elusive and harassed Japanese supply ships as well as smaller war ships. They were small (30-75 tons) and fast (35-40 knots).

Period: WW II
Model length: 40”
Scale: not provided


Norske Love

Norske-LoveErik Collett is building this Danish warship  from a kit he is modifying. It boasts four different woods – birch, pine, walnut and cherry. So far he has invested about 500 hours in her construction.

The Norske Love was built in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1764-1767. It was named after the Norwegian Royal Coat of Arms. Her ornaments represented daily life in Norway. It was mostly a guard ship in Danish waters. She carried 70 cast iron cannons and a crew of 667 sailors and soldiers. She was converted to a shelter for homeless in 1795. In 1798 she was deleted from the naval registry. The model is based upon original construction drawings.

Period: last half of 18th Century
Model length: 40”, height: 36”
Scale: 1:64

USS Cairo

USS Cairo -Dub SwadleyW.C. “Dub” Swadley estimates he spend 600 hours building this model from scratch. It is fashioned from white pine and basswood.

The Cairo was an iron-clad river gunboat in the Union’s Western Gunboat Fleet before becoming a Navy gunboat.. She served in several battles on the upper Mississippi River. She was sunk by a mine on the Yazoo River in 1862. The Cairo was recovered from the river bed in 1964and partially restored. She is on display today in the Vivksberg Military Park.

Period: American Civil war
Model length: 26”, width: 13”
Scale: 1/8”=1 ft.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria - Jim Blackwell

Jim Blackwell modified a kit of this historic vessel by substituting better wood.

The Santa Maria was Columbus’ flagship when he landed in the New World. She was three-masted and square-rigged, about 85 feet in length with a crew of forty. Top speed was eight knots, cruising speed of four knots. She ran aground on Christmas Eve, 1492, off the coast of Haiti.

Period: 1492
Model length: 21”, height: 16”

Regenia S

Regina S. - Bob Slattery

Bob Slattery scratch-built this schooner from wood with some brass and cord augmenting.

Regenia S was a San Francisco Bay scow schooner. She was built in 1893. Sailing scows like the Regenia S were the “trucks” of the bay before there were roads and bridges to transfer cargos. Hundreds like her were built for the bay. There is only one left, the Alma. This schooner is about 120 years old and still sails.

Period: turn of the 20th Century
Model length: 24”, 19” high
Scale: 3/16”= 1ft.



This model of the Niagara was built from a kit by George Tucker. It took him about 12yrs to complete.(?)

Niagara was Commodore Perry’s second flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. After the War of 1812 ended, Niagara served as a station ship in Erie until 1820. She was then scuttled in Misery Bay. In 1813, the ship carried a crew of 155 officers and men, and was armed with eighteen 32-pounder carronades and two long 12-pounders.

Period: War of 1812
Model length: 43”, height: 27”
Scale: 3/16”=1 ft.

HMS Victory – cross section

HMS Victory - cross sectionJon Sorensen’s model of Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalger is scratch-built.

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Finally her active career ended on 7 November 1812, when she was moored in Portsmouth Harbour off Gosport and used as a depot ship. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.

Period: 1765-1812 and on
Model is 60” tall

Whale Boat

Whale BoatJon Sorenson built this 19th Century whale boat in hardwoods from scratch. He also built the davits.

In whaling, it was important to be able to launch these small boats (usually about 26-feet long), three or four at a time. So the davits and the arrangements for launching were made for quick launches by the seven-man crews of each boat.

Period: 1840-1910
Model is 2-inches long
Scale: 1”= 13ft.


USS-Maine - Ed Quam

Ed Quam build this highly modified kit in about 1800 hours.

Ed Quam modified this model from a kit in an estimated 1800 hours. It’s made from basswood, brass, cast resin, fiber and paint.

The USS Maine (ACR-1) was the United States Navy’s second commissioned pre-dreadnought battleship, although she was originally classified as an armored cruiser. She is best known for her catastrophic loss in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. Maine had been sent to Havana, Cuba to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain.

Period: 1890’s
Model size: 38” long, 14” tall
Scale: 3/32”=1ft