Model of the pilot boat Pinky Dove of 1875


Model of the pilot boat Pinky Dove of 1875



Scale 1 : 20, length 75 cm, width 21 cm, height 26 cm (including stand)
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!



The pilot boat Pinky Dove of 1875


Pinky schooners were a common type of New England fishing vessel that sailed out of local Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. In 1839, there were 64 registered pinky schooners out of the Cape Ann and its district. Pinkies were generally smaller vessels from which men fished over the side but they were also known for their seaworthiness (source: Harold Burnham).

This pinky was built for fishing but was employed as a Bay of Fundy pilot boat at Eastport and was noted for her sailing qualities. It was designed and built by S. Baltzler in 1875 at Minas basin in Nova Scotia. The owner was Captain James George, a pilot.

The plans were drawn from the builder’s half-hull model and the construction and sail plans owned by his son, an accomplished boat builder who intended to build a duplicate of the Dove but died before he could begin construction.

Hull length   13.80 m
Beam  3.96 m
Depth of hull  1.91 m


The Pinky Dove model, photos, description and dimensions

This model was built by J.P. van den Heuvel in 1987 with the intentions to show the framing and parts of the planking only. Different sorts of woods were used to clearly indicate each frame and plank.
Full plans, scantlings and history of this ship can be found in the book “The American Fishing Schooners 1825 – 1935” by Howard I. Chapelle, Norton & Company, New York 1973, ISBN 0-393-031233.

This model was built in all of the timberwork like a real ship. The model is a masterpiece.

The model is 1 : 20 scale. Length over all is 75 cm, width is 21 cm, height is 26 cm (model stand included).


There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of the hull.