Virginia Pilot Boat Schooner Ca 1800 Ship Boat Model

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“KATY” CA 1800


1/2″ LOD 22″, LWL 23″ Beam 9 1/2″
Draft 3″, Overall height 34 1/2″    WEIGHT 13 pounds


is a model of
an early Virginia pilot boat that was made by a master craftsman using composite
materials. It is in new condition. The vessel’s name is imprinted on its mainsail. It is accurate down
to the last detail.
This two masted full rigged schooner has a black hull, wood
decks, deck houses, full running and standing rigging, and a copper sheathed bottom.

Accurately replicated are the gaff rigged main and foremast, with a single foresail,
mainsail, and a large fisherman staysail between the main and foremast. The running rigging, including lazy jacks, is
all properly placed and makes an incomparable model of the highest quality. The deck houses are painted white, and wood
decks and cap rail are varnished. There are all kinds of gear and fittings including a large fisherman type anchor, an
anchor windlass, two bilge pumps, and a proliferation of cleats, and other deck gear and fittings.

                     Port side looking aft. Note loose footed foresail

researcher determined
that the original plan for the armed Virginia pilot boat was based on a Dutch copy of a French drawing. The noted maritime
historian and illustrator Howard Chapelle found this plan in a European archive. The plan and some notes were passed from
Chapelle through a handful of authors ending up with Clayton A. Feldman, who developed a set of plans from which he developed
a reconstruction. According to this researcher, a model company, in turn, developed a kit based on Feldman’s plans. The
notes characterize this design as being a link between the Bermuda sloops of circa 1740 and the Virginia schooners of the
early 1800s.” 

Edited from Sail Classics Magazine 2006 article “What Ship Is That”
by Jim Bloom

To bring this full circle the kit model which was introduced in the 1950’s was discontinued
in the 1960’s and was reintroduced by them as a kit in 2007, and no longer produced. The model offered here is not a
kit and was made by a master craftsman. It is 8 inches longer and 3 inches wider in size.

           Deck and
main boom detail
  Fore deck
                        Starboard stern quarter looking forward

rigging and details of masts


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