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Historic Lumber Schooner Wawona

Historic Lumber Schooner Wawona

A Great Subject for a Scratch-built Ship Model

Suitable for sold-hull, plank-on-bulkhead, or even plank-on-frame construction

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Historic lumber schooner Wawona

Scores of wooden three-masted schooners once plied the Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast, bringing lumber from the Pacific Northwest to the growing cities of California. Two of them were all that remained of this vast fleet when these free ship plans of the lumber schooner Wawona were drawn. Built in the 1897 for Dolbeer & Carson Lumber Company of Eureka, California,   the schooner Wawona was finally broken up in 2009. She and the only  other surviving lumber schooner, C.A. Thayer (National Maritime Museum, San Francisco), were built by Hans D. Bendixsen, who was well known in his time for the superior construction of his vessels.

Able to transport more than 500,000 board feet of lumber per voyage, like most ships in her day, Wawona’s hull was lofted from a carved wooden half model rather than a detailed set of engineering drawings. The free ships plans offered here are from a 1986 survey in preparation for a $2 million restoration.

Free Ship Plans of Italian Barquentine Fidente

Italian Barquentine Fidente

Offers Combination of Square Rig and Schooner

A Great Model Shipbuilding Subject

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Italian “Ship-Schooner” (Barquentine) Fidente

From Italian archives come the plans of the “Ship-Schooner” Fidente (Trusting).

In English we would refer to her as a barquentine (alternatively barkentine), which wikipedia defines as “a sailing vessel with three or more masts; with a square rigged foremast and fore-and-aft rigged main, mizzen and any other masts.”
II think Fidente would make a handsome ship model, and with simplified rigging on the schooner masts, would be a good subject if you’re not quite ready for a full-rigged ship model.

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