Note: All the artisan crafted ships I build are individually handcrafted and scratch built with attention to detail
The Nantucket Whaler.......Essex
Inspiring the great novel Moby - Dick by author Herman Melville
the New England whaling ship " Essex " was sunk by a giant whale
in 1820. Only 88 ft long and 239 tons she was small for a whale ship.
Introducing Thermopylae a replica of the extreme clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co. of Aberdeen to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London for the White Star Line.
Thermopylae measured 212 ft x 36ft x 20.9ft. She was designed for the China tea trade and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne- 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail.
In 1872 she raced the clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. Thermopylae was acknowledged to be the fastest ship afloat.
In 1895 she was sold to Portugal and used as a naval training ship. The Portuguese Navy torpedoed hear at sea in 1906.
Her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of only an informed few.
Her hull is hand carved and is copper sheathed with over 300 copper plates. Her deck fittings, railings, anchors, deck houses and life boats all hand carved from basswood and mahogany. It is authentically rigged with appropriate split - topsail yards.
From stern to tip of bowsprit she measures just over 9 inches in length. Her sails are white sail cloth linen.
HMS Shannon the Leda Class Frigate depicted on the Canadian Two Dollar Coin. The War of 1812 was a fundamental turning point in Canadian history.
HMS Shannon was a 38-gun Leda-class frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1806 and served in the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812
The War of La guerre de 1812
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, after it collided with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
RMS TITANIC..... The Beginning
Thermopylae's hull is plated with over 300 individual copper plates
In the ship yard..... King Henry VIII's Mary Rose. One of the largest ships in the English navy, She was laid down in 1510 and launched July 1511. Her name inspired by King Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor. She was built using an estimated 600 large oak trees representing some 40 acres of woodland.
She sank in battle in 1545 and was raised from the ocean bed in 1982. She sailed with a compliment of 200 sailors, 180 soldiers and 30 gunners. Her weight between 700 - 800 tons