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Friday, July 3, 2015

Waste Less Wood than Cutting a Solid Block

Using the Bread-and_Butter Technique for Solid Hull Model Ship Construction

Ship Plans Provide Everything You Need to Scratch-Build a Red Sea Dhow

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Red Sea Dhow
 The most basic form of scratch-built ship modeling is the solid hull technique that we demonstrated on our page Creating a Solid Hull Ship Model. While the method demonstrated there - using a solid block of wood to create the hull for a 19th Century William Doughty-designed revenue cutter - works well for smaller models, a solid block of wood large enough to build a bigger model will be either hard to find, or prohibitively expensive.

In our series Scratch-building a Bread-and-Butter Solid Hull Ship Model we discuss the popular method of scratch-building a solid hull for larger ship models, called the bread-and-butter technique, that reduces the thickness (and expense) of wood needed as compared to the solid block method.

This method uses the waterlines from the ship plan to cut out several planks that will be layered like slices of bread to create the solid hull, and glued together (the butter).

A major advantage of this method - in addition to less cost for wood than a solid block - is that since each plank is cut to the breadth of the hull at a certain level, there is less filing and sanding to reach the final shape than a single block of wood, which must be cut to the widest breadth of the hull.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Memoir provides an Important Glimpse into Suppression of East African Slave Trade

Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters

Five Year Memoir of Slave Suppression

by British Royal Navy Captain George Lydiard Sullivan

Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters, 19th Century, Maritime HIstory, British Royal NavyAfter spending five years working to suppress the slave trade off the east coast of Africa, British Royal Navy Captain George Lydiard Sullivan wrote the memoir Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters which was published in 1873.

The book brings together his time on the H.M.S. Castor, Pantaloon, and Daphne, and provides a detailed look into the difficulties of chasing down locally-built boats crewed by sailors who knew every bay and inlet.

This reprint of Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters is a great resource for anyone researching mid-19th Century seafaring in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans, or the history of the East African slave trade.

To read more about this book, see the Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters page at
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Ship Plans U.S.S. Bolster

Salvage Vessel U.S.S. Bolster

The Last Remaining World War II Era Auxiliary Ship of Her Class

Ocean-going Tug Served 49 years in the U.S. Navy

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U.S.S. Bolster sister ship Opportune (ARS-41), circa 1945
U.S.S. Bolster (ARS-38), now part of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet located in Solano County, California, is the last surviving member of her World War II era auxiliary ship class.

Built by Basalt Rock Company, Napa, California, U.S.S. Bolster's keel was laid on 20 July 1944. She was launched 23 December 1944 and commissioned 1 May 1945. Presently owned by the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S.S. Bolster is a member of the inactive National Defense Reserve Fleet.

Our Free Ship Plans of U.S.S. Bolster include profile, deck, section, lines, and detail plans.