Model of a Connecticut River Shad Boat of 1885

 

Model of a Connecticut River Shad Boat of 1885

 

 

Scale 1 : 10, length 54 cm, width 20 cm, height 57 cm
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The Connecticut River shad boat

The Connecticut River shad boats got a reputation so great that they were built in quantities and in 1881 were being shipped to southern states of USA for use in coastal fisheries. They usually had a short foredeck, but no stern deck as the gear was worked from the stern. They were rigged with a small sprit-sail, had a center board, length was 15 - 18 feet, frames were oak, planking was cedar or white pine.


A description and plans of the Connecticut River shad boat are given in the book by Howard I. Chapelle, American Small Sailing Craft, W W Norton & Co Inc, New York and London 1951, ISBN 0393031438.

  

 
The Connecticut River shad boat model, photos, description and dimensions

The ship model was built in pear and walnut according to plans in the book by Chapelle (see above).
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This model of the Connecticut River shad boat was built by Rainer Wedel, Geestland, Germany. He is model maker at the Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (Maritime Museum of Germany) in Bremerhaven.

The boat is a very beautiful, fine piece of work, a true master piece.
The model is 1 : 10 scale. Length is 54 cm, width 20 cm, height 57 cm (including stand). The model can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
 

 

This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.

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