Most of us are model builders creating models of real boats. Here is a model of a real boat built by real boat builders.
The U.S.S. Fort Henry was a New York City ferryboat (one of about twenty-four ferryboats) that was converted to a U.S. Navy gunboat during the U.S. Civil War (1861-65). For most of its naval life it was stationed in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron which covered just about all of Florida's coastline.
Around 2019-20 the Crystal River Boatbuilders (builders of traditional early Florida full sized reproduction boats) built a 1/35 scale (over 51 inches long) replica of the U.S.S. Fort Henry. This was to be given to the Cedar Key Historical Museum.
I became involved in two ways. I had a set of plans in 1/48 scale which I supplied the builders with, and as a Civil War reenactor (as captain of the U.S.S. Fort Henry) I was quite knowledgeable on the history aspects of the "ferry-gunboat".
So when it became time for the unveiling and dedication I was invited to the ceremony (standing on the left, last photo).
I thought I would share this with Model-Boats.com as this is kind of an unusual model, one that I almost built myself.