Friday, February 17, 2012

Model Shipways Kate Cory - Built by Gary Cox

Check out the pictures Gary Cox sent us of his Model Shipways Kate Cory - great job Gary!
The 132 ton whaling brig Kate Cory was built at Westport Point, MA in 1856. Seventy-five and a half feet long with a 22-foot beam, she was one of the last whalers built specifically for the trade.
Originally rigged as a schooner, Kate Cory was converted to a brig in 1858. This rig made for smoother motion in heavy seas, and steadied the ship while the crew was cutting in whales. In 1863, after only five voyages, she was captured by the CSS Alabama and burned off the coast of Brazil.

Model Shipways’ Kate Cory kit features machine carved basswood hull, which needs only light shaping. For an authentic plank-on-frame look, we're including over 50 feet of basswood strips for deck planking. Genuine copper covers the hull below the waterline. Plank-scored wooden sheets are supplied for the companionways, cabins and hatches. Deadeyes and blocks are pre-finished wood; all other fittings are brass and Britannia metal. Four laser-cut wooden whaleboats plus deck furnishings, including the try-pots (large iron pots for boiling down the whale oil), add life-like detail.

Three sheets of plans and 24-page instruction book by marine historian Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr., updated by Ben Lankford, see you through construction. (Display base and brass pedestals are not included.)

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