Royal Caroline, 1749 (Lifeboat)
Back in January, I posted details of an on-going build of the wooden ship, Royal Caroline.
By rights, it’s a work-in-progress, but the actual build takes so long, and as I only return to it from time to time (eight months in this case), that I treat it as individual build units, in this case, the Lifeboat.
It’s constructed much like the main ship – a frame and a double hull – from scratch-built larch and walnut strip, in this case probably more than 100 pieces, apart from the four brass pintles and the decorative wave-pattern strips over the azure. The oar shafts required 2mm dowel, which I couldn’t find, and then discovered that toothpicks were exactly 2mm in diameter, so they’ve been drafted into service.
The boat is 13.5cm in length (just under five and a half inches).
I think I’ll continue with the build for another two or three weeks, as that should complete everything but the mainmasts and all the rigging, which will be a next-phase, major undertaking.
As you can see, I’m no shipwright, but I find a complete change to kit modelling from time to time blows away the cobwebs.
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