I have been building wooden model ships when the weather does not permit shooting, cycling or diving.

My first build was the Bounty Launch.

After the mutiny on the Bounty, Captain Bligh and 18 crew members given the 23 foot launch to sail the 30 miles to Tofua, which turned out to be inhospitable (one crewman was killed by the natives). In a now legendary feat of seamanship, Bligh then navigated the heavily overloaded open launch on a 47-day voyage to Timor in the Dutch East Indies. Equipped with a quadrant and a pocket watch and with no charts or compass, he recorded the distance as 3,618 nautical miles.

It took about two months in the summer of 2009. It is a plank-on-frame model, 17 inches long and 15 inches high.
Click on the picture for larger, more detailed pictures. (Credit to Maryalice for the sails.)






My second model was the Canadian fishing schooner Bluenose. This model is plank-on-bulkhead, 33 inches long and 27 inches high. It took from September 2009 to May 2011.
Click on the picture for larger, more detailed pictures. (Credit to Maryalice for the sails.)






My current model is the pirate ship Black Pearl (or an approximation thereof) for my son-in-law. Steve.
Click on the picture for larger, more detailed pictures. (Credit to Maryalice for the sails.)


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