Well, Wintertime gives Angling Charter skippers some time and at Kinsale Angling this is no exception. Ship model-making is an aside that I am involved in mainly around this time. Occasional commissions are welcomed. However, as a general rule however, we'd like these to be of of Irish interest or have an Irish connection.
Also, models of the "Cutty Sark" and the "L.E.Orla"* are on the blocks. A model of the Dutch East Indiaman "Den Ary" is completing restoration. A model of the "L.E. Deirdre" is due for restoration - coincidental to it's namesakes decommissioning from the Irish Navy. Completed models include such sailing ships and fishing ships as "Pride of Baltimore", "La Toulonaise" and the "Belle Poule".
Worthy of mention is the model "Herzogin Cecilie" rescued from the Imperial Hotel, Cork during renovations. This 4 masted, steel barque built in 1902 in Bremerhaven can be seen in the photographic records in Alan John Villiers (1903-'82) book "The Last of the Wind Ships" from the 20s and 30s. This ship's complete saloon and figurehead are on display at the Åland maritime museum, Mariehamn, Finland. This model is in need a lot of work. If you enjoy books on windjammers and their ilk, you would do well to find any of Filler's many books or his autobiography "The Set of Sails".
We are interested in sharing ideas and notes with fellow like-minded modellers and displaying whatever progress is made to any modelling enthuasiasts. This section will be added to over the coming months if an interest is expressed by you!
*Note: "L.E." is short for the Gaelic Long Eireannach or Irish [naval] ship.
This is the original shipbuilder's model of a proposed design. It is of a 116 gun ship of the line and dates to about 1800 to 1815. It is presumably named after the 5th president of the United States, James Monroe (1817-1825). He was a forceful activist for the elimination of the European Slave traders and the hunting down of their ships and served two terms in office. He is the author of the Monroe doctrine - basically that Latin America be left alone, free and independent, and not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European or Russian Power."
The model needed attention to some broken ribs, and repair to the starboard quarter gallery. The rudder was remounted and missing and broken hinges replaced. The paintwork is the original and is both worn and stained. Cleaning will be done but no touching up of the dulled paintwork is considered by the owner.
The model is independently dated to somewhere in the period 1800 - 1815, putting it squarely in Monroe's term as president. Steven Speilberg's Amistad movie covers actual and typical events which occurred in this time and also showed the slave traders' use of fast Baltimore style clippers - which gives some indication of why a slow design such as this was not chosen to counter the slave traders. However, the design could have been aimed as a counter to the British Navy's First Rate ships or as a means of enforcing the Monroe policy.
As things happen, a model of the ship "Experiment" also arrived for cleaning and repair to damaged sails. A gaff-rigged cutter, the original was the ship used to tranport slaves from the Amistad to New Haven, Connecticut for trial. As movie-goers will know, these slaves were defended by ex-president (6th) John Quincey Adams, ( son of John Adams - another ex-president of the U.S., and another link in this story).
EXPERIMENT - the model appears to be made from Charles Davis plan of the sloop of that name that was famous for going to China in the late 1700`s. I don`t think she is the same Experiment to which you refer, however, I could be mistaken. Davis` own model to these plans is in the Mystic Seaport Museum. I am acquainted with her in conjunction with my own research into the vessel CHALEUR, 1763-68. Very nice site/craftsmanship.
Next report - Completion of Den Ary