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New Books Page Features Books Published by TheModelShipwright.com

New TheModelShipwright.com Page Features Books We’ve Published

First Two Offerings Include Works of Charles G. Davis and François-Edmond Pâris

Sure to Please the Model Ship Builder or the Maritime History Enthusiast

We’ve added a new Books page to TheModelShipwright.com that features the books we’ve published that are of interest to both model ship builders and maritime history enthusiasts.

Our latest publication is a reprint of the 1918 Charles G. Davis gem The Building of a Wooden Ship.

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The Building of a Wooden Ship $9.99 at our eStore

When the United States entered World War I the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation ramped up construction of cargo ships for the war effort. Even though steel was the modern material from which to construct ships, the EFC decided to use the many shipyards still building ships of wood to quickly meet the need for more ships. To train new employees in how to build wooden ships, naval architect Charles Davis wrote The Building of a Wooden Ship.

Instead of the poor quality copies of this book available from most publishers, ours was carefully scanned from an original copy at a resolution intended for print reproduction. The fold-out plan pages (not present in other available reprints) have been moved to the back of the book and scanned as multiple separate single-sided pages so they can be removed and reassembled if the reader should so choose.

Our other current offering is Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine.

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Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine $9.99 at our eStore

TheModelShipwright.com’s Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine features more than 90 plates from the 1882 François-Edmond Pâris work “Souvenirs de marine. Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction.”

The plates include more than 130 ship plans for warships, merchant & fishing vessels and small craft from all over the world, with a heavy emphasis on Europe and Asia.

Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine is indexed several ways so that readers can find vessels by plate number, type of illustrated vessel, name of vessel, and country/region of the vessel.

The book also includes an appendix valuable to the novice explaining how to “read” a ship plan, as well as a biography of Pâris and a bibliography of his work.

Both books are also available on Kindle:

The Building of a Wooden Ship Kindle Version

Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine Kindle Version

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Model Shipbuilding Book a Trip Back to Childhood

Model Shipbuilding Book for Boys

Kick-starts Life-long Hobby

It’s time for a trip back to childhood.

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My favorite page from Boy’s Book of Model Boats

Back in the early 1960s, my grade school library in Flint, Michigan wasn’t the most up-to-date. It had one book on model boats. It was Boys’ Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates, published in 1920 by The Century Co.

I checked that book out week after week, and read it front-to-back, back-to-front, middle-to-ends and any other way possible. My favorite part was (being a child in a state surrounded by the Great Lakes) the chapter on building an electric lake freighter.

I didn’t have access to a saw, but I found some 2x4s in the garage that had been cut with stake-like pointed ends. I stacked them, nailed them together, and found other bits of wood from which to make the freighter superstructure and funnel. I even found some small nails and string to model the stanchions and railings surrounding the bow and stern on real freighters I’d seen.

Excited to launch my new “scale” model of an actual lake freighter, I insisted we take the two-foot long chunk of lumber with nails sticking out of it with us on our trip to our summer cottage. My mother, however, drew the line at letting me carry a potentially dangerous weapon on my lap during the two-hour car ride. She made me put it behind the seats in the cargo compartment of our Buick station wagon.

When we arrived, I immediately changed into my swimming trunks, and insisted we go swimming. I carried my model carefully down the trail through the woods that led to the lake. Casting aside towel and sandals, I dashed into the cold water almost to my waist, and carefully set my lake freighter model in the water.

Imagining a band playing a John Philip Sousa march appropriate for the launching of such an impressive vessel, I carefully let go of the model.

And it promptly capsized.

I never did get that darn thing to float right, but I kept it on a shelf in my room for years.

I had not thought of that first attempt at ship modeling for years. Then, while scouring the internet for ship modeling info, I found a digitized copy of none other than Boys’ Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates!