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Piscataqua river gundalow
Piscataqua river gundalow
Some time ago I was preparing an article for modelers who used to sail with RC sailboat models .This article was to make known the types of sailboats practically unknown in our country.
On this occasion, I have practically discovered that, for example, Thames sailing barges still exist - even if they are few and increasingly costly to maintain.
While collecting the materials, a friend lent me a book about Thames sailing barges. On the Internet I searched the site > modelbarge info < operated by Richard Chesney(sorely not functional now) . I managed to get more materials, and this eventually led me to build two models TSB¨(TSB Capricorn and TSB Gusty Cat - (Tomcat))
In my archive, after many years, I pulled out a book that I received from a friend in New York >American
< by V.R.Grimwood > where there are many other interesting types of sailboats, but this time in the US.
I started writing an article about really another rarity - Piscataqua River Gundalow. In this book there are other rarities, for example < Chesapeake Bay skipjack,Chesapeake Bay Bugeye, Scow schooner and more next vessels> but gundalow looked the most bizarre .. outside the shape that resembles a large surfboard (about 18 to 20 m long), so it has a Latin sail.
More information about gundalow can be found on the web, in the above-mentioned book by V.R. Grimwood and also in the magazine> Ships in scale (11-12 1998).
GUNDALOW - THE WORK HORSE OF THE RIVERS
June 2008 (a short excerpt from the next article as info)
The conditions in the shallow tidal basin area around Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Maine were a special case.Piscatqua River, and on its network of tributaries and the shallow Great Bay, which is seven miles upstream. The upstream towns were engaged in agriculture and manufacturing. Domestic and foreign imports arrived at Portsmouth on ships too large to navigate the Piscataqua River.. Portsmouth was their access to markets. The condition of roads at the time made them a last resort choice for transporting cargo, and not a choice at all in mud and snow seasons. Manufacturers and seasonal crop farmers needed more reliable transportation.
The solution was a simple shallow draft vessel that could reach these growing river ports. A barge in its earliest configuration, the gundalow was poled over the shallows, rode the tide in and out of the Piscataqua, was rowed with long oars called sweeps, and later carried a large sail.The gundalows were simply built, many were little more than rafts. Some were 70 feet long and built to protect the cargo.They were not sea vessels. The sails where rigged on a short stout mast, about 12 feet above deck. The lateen sail was rigged much like the Dhows of the Red Sea and Middle East. The long boom, in some cases 70’, could easily be lowered for passing under bridges. The boom was hung on a chain from the top of the mast, about a quarter of its length from the boom’s forward end. Balanced there, the forward end was secured to the deck with block and tackle near the bow. The aft end of the boom, pivoted on the top of the mast was raised above deck at about 45 degrees.
The Fanny M., launched from Adam’s Point in Durham, NH in 1886 by Captain Edward H. Adams, was the last gundalow to operate commercially in the area
No gundalow has been preserved, but two replicas were built (1982 "Captain Edward H. Adams" and in 20011 - "Piscataqua")
When I finished both models, I wondered what to do next ... so I started to build gundalow model.
The model is approximately 1:24 scale, 90 cm long, 24 cm wide.
19 hours ago by tomarack
no, Capricorn never had a strange coloured foresail. It is Gusty Cat (in original Lady Daphne in 1:28 scale). I'm building another rarity now .. Piscataqua river gundalow in 1:24 scale,with a Latin sail (length of model is the same like GC), plan and description of model construction is in the book> American
5 days ago by tomarack
Glasgow transport museum
Just spent a brilliant day at the Glasgow transport museum and kelvin grove art gallery,the
are incredible,difficult to take pictures through glass will try to make them better with photo shop .one of the magnificent models was of the Imperial Russian yacht Lavadia built by John Elder &Co at Fairfield shipyard.these models need to be seen to be believed if you need insperation and your near Glasgow pop in you won't be disappointed.
2 months ago by marky
Philadelphia Ship Model Society
The Philadelphia Ship Model Society was founded in 1931, making it one of the oldest continuously active ship model clubs in the United States. We are devoted to the building of both radio controlled and static
; and to the study of Naval and Maritime history.
The PSMS meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Our meetings are held at the Independence Seaport Museum.
Our monthly meetings include an interesting program on techniques of model building or naval history, and often feature a guest speaker. We enjoy wonderful camaraderie, great programs, and fantastic refreshments!
4 months ago by tgilchristjr
SOUTH WEST SHIP SHOW
Our annual Ship Show with more model boat clubs than ever attending including Swindon MB & Engineering club, Cardiff Marine Modellers, Woodspring MSC, Peter Kenrick (OWLS MBC), Surface Warship Association, Shepton Mallet Drifters, Warminster MBC, and Cwmbran MBC. Adam Slater, a model boat manufacturer of Mountfleet Models, Doncaster will be present with his trade stand, and RC Bits on the Move will have modellers' bits and pieces available. This is all in addition to many of our regular stands with books, postcards, artwork, waterline