Saturday, June 14, 2008


1:19 wooden kit from Artesania Latina.

The llauds were the typical crafts of the Balearic Islands from the 18th until 1950.
The tramontana was a short-haul coastal trader used for fishing.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Admiral Graf Spee

Paper waterline model ship in 1:200 scale from GPM.
Author -- Igor Cherniak

Model in exhibition of CORAL Museum.

The Admiral Graf Spee was one of the most famous German naval warships of World War II, along with the Bismarck. Her size was limited to that of a cruiser by the Treaty of Versailles, however she was as heavily armed as a battleship due to innovative weight-saving techniques employed in her construction.
She was sent to the Atlantic Ocean as a commerce raider in 1939, where she sank nine Allied merchant ships. Numerous British hunting groups were assigned to find her, with three British ships finally tracking her down in December 1939. The Battle of the River Plate ensued, during which the Graf Spee was damaged. She docked for repairs in the neutral port of Montevideo, but was forced by international law to leave within 72 hours. Faced with what he believed to be overwhelming odds, the captain scuttled his ship rather than risk the lives of his crew.

Text: Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Levant schooner

Scratch built model.
Scale -- 1:96
Materials -- wood, metal cordage.
The Levant Schooner was the back bone of sea
commerce in the Eastern Mediterranean during the
19th and the first half of the 20th century. This carvel
planked "leg of a mutton" sails schooner was built in Syria,
Lebanon, Palestine & Egypt. During the last decades
of its presence many of the type had auxiliary engines
added for more freedom of operation. Minimal crews and
excellent seaworthiness won them love by their operators.
Normally passed from father to son and so on. Two masts,
slightly raked, the foremast pushed much forward. Very
sleek, well proportioned boats which gave a yacht
like appearance. Their demise is a real sad loss to all
local craft enthusiasts.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Thames Barge "Kathleen", 1880

1:80 scale wooden kit from "Authentic Models Holland".
The history of merchant ships is not filled with only large square riggers used on worldwide voyages, but also with many smaller coastal sailing vessels, needed to trade and freight where larger ships were too expensive or impractical.
The Kathleen was one of a vast fleet of Thames Barges which once worked on London`s tideway.
She, herself, has no particular claim to fame. Certainly she has led an eventful life -- she was once sunk in collision, was later washed op onto a beach in a gale, was reduced to being a lighter and has now been rerigged.