North pole. The top of the world. Many explorers started expeditions on the route and many of them failed. But these expeditions led so many important achievements aswell.
Lets take a look at Georgy Yakovlevich Sedov and his ship Svyatoy Muchenik Foka’s story. Sedov was born in 1877 as a child of a fisherman. He helped his father when he was a little boy. He finished naval school in 1898 and then he continued to naval college. He graduated there with lieutenant rank.
He joined a hydrographic expedition in Arctic between 1902-1903 . During Russian – Japanese war she was in charge of a torpedo boat. In 1909 he he led another expedition on Kolyma River and the next year Krestovaya Bay.
In 1912, he decided to go for a North Pole expedition with sleight dogs. Tsarist government did not want to finance the expedition, so he started this expedition with independent sources. And on 14th of August he set sail with the ship Svyatoy Muchenik Foka . During the winter the crew stayed in Arkhangelsk because of the thick ice. They reached to Franz Joseph Land in August 1913 but they had to star in Tikhaya Bay for another winter.
On February 2nd 1914 Sedov and his seamen set off towards North Pole with their sledge dogs. He already had scurvy which was a common illness among sailors at those days. Before reaching Rudolf island, Georgy Sedov passed away at sea. He was buried at Cape Auk.
On the way back, the ship Svyatoy Muchenik Foka saved two survivors of Brusilov expedition from Franz Joseph Land. Several landmarks carry Sedov’s name. And steam icebreaker Beothic was named Sedov, after him.
The icebreaker which was named Sedov
I left my house and started walking down the street facing Bosphorus strait. Behind the buildings next to the dock, i saw so many masts in a row, which is not a very common view there. It was Istanbul leg of the tall ship regatta. And Dewaruci was there…
It is so good to share a scale model tall ship plan which is actually one that we saw with our own eyes. The blueprints are so good and detailed and clear. There are some changes made to the ship so far, but you can manage to make it your own.
Her construction started in 1932 in HC Stülcken & Sohn in Germany. But then WW2 started and the shipyard got heavily damaged. This delayed her construction. And finally, after the war, in 1952 she was finished and in 1953 she was launched. She spent 21 years out of water on the construction area. If it was a modern cargo vessel to be built at that time, she would already be outdated when she was launched. And then she took her place in Indonesian Navy.
The ship is 58.3m long 9.5m wide 36.5m high from the water and 4.05m deep in water. She has three masts which are named Bima, Arjuna and Yudhistira from fore to the aft. These three carry 16 sails which take her around 9 knots speed. She also has a diesel engine running a four blade propeller. With this, she sails 10.5 knots average speed.
She is the only tall ship in Indonesian Navy. She is being used as a training ship, a good will ambassador around the seas and also she promotes Indonesian tourism. She starred in the movie “Anna and the King”.
She participates the tall ship races all around the world. She has her own marching band which makes her unique among the other ships. She has 81 crew members and 75 cadets. A big family =)
Indonesian government agreed to build another tall ship for the navy, considering the ship is too old. The new ship will also be named Dewaruci and estimated to be launched in 2014. Hope they keep the good old Dewaruci.
We take another ride with the time machine. USS Hannah was the founder ship of American Navy. She was the first armed naval ship of American revolution. She was hired by George Washington for American continental army. Her navy life was pretty short, just one month between September and October 1775.
The plan set is detailed enough, as we consider the ship is quite simple but still, she is a beautiful.
One of the most popular ships of the model makers. HMS Bounty scale model plans are ready for you now!
Bounty was built as a coal freighter named Bethia. She was built by Blaydes shipyard in 1784. Then royal navy purchased the ship, and renamed Bounty. She was refitted, equipped with four cannons and some other weapons. She was purchased by the navy for a botanical mission. She was sent to Pacific Ocean to find breadfruit plants and bring them British possesions in West Indies. But a mutiny in the ship prevented this mission to be completed. The ship was burned on purpose in 1790 at the place where it is called Bounty Bay after that. For detailed information you can click here.
Several replicas of Bounty was built so far. In 1935, while shooting the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” , two sailing vessels were adapted to play Bounty and Pandora .
In 1962, the second movie with the same name was shot. And for that movie, Bounty was constructed in Nova Scotia. After the movie, the replica set sail until 2012 operated by non-profit organizations. In 2012 she was caught by heavy seas during Hurricane Sandy around North Carolina and the crew abandoned the ship. The ship sank and two crew members were missing. One of them was Captain Robin Walbridge. The other was Claudene Christian. Her body was recovered by coast guard. She was the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, the sailing master of the original HMS Bounty. Captain Walbridge’s body was never found.
Another replica was built in 1979 in New Zealand and was used for another movie shot in 1984 “The Bounty” . The hull of the ship was constructed by welded steel and covered with wood. After the movie, she is being used as a tourist attraction.
The plans are quite simple. Not so detailed but good for a beginner model builder especially if its first time of building a tall ship. So enjoy building!
The sail yacht Polonez is an important piece of Polish Maritime history. Krzysztof Baranowski sailed around the globe twice onboard Polonez. Krzysztof Baranowski is a teacher, engineer, journalist, member of the Council Board of Polish Maritime Foundation. You can reach him by clicking here.
Polonez was designed and built in Szczecin Maritime Yacht Shipyard . In 1972 she took place in Ostar ’72 regatta. In 1972-73 Baranowski sailed alone. In ’76- ’77 Baranowski and his family sailed on Great Lakes, river Missisipi and Atlantic. She is then bought by a yacht tourism company and renovated.
The scale model yacht plans are in 3 pages and quite clear tiff files. Details of rigging are drawn to help.
Here we have the Dutch Yacht scale model plan, drawn by Cemil Akçe. He stated on the plan that he removed some advanced figures and carving parts from the plan to make it easier for amateur scale model ship builders. The word “Yacht” actually comes from Dutch word “Jacht” which means Hunt. These boats were used by the Dutch navy along with the other war ships, and also this boat was in use for merchant needs. Light, fast, and good for the shallow waters of the flat lands…
Sail Yacht America Scale Model Plans
America in 1910
The yacht America was launched in 1851 . She was designed by George Steers and Co. The story begins when some members of the NewYork Yacht Club wants to build a yacht to sail England. The purpose of this was to show American yacht building skills and to make money through yacht regattas. She attended a special yacht race in England. She started well behing because of a fouled anchor. Then she gained better places in 7 schooners and 8 cutters. While all the others were taking a turn around a light ship, America manuevered between the ship and the land. There were objections about this manuever which took America to the lead but it was not stated in the race rules, so the manuever counted legal. She maintained the lead during the rest of the race and she finished 18 minutes before the second yacht Aurora. There she won Royal Yacht Squadron’s 53-mile (85 km) regatta around the Isle of Wight . As she finished, Queen Victoria asked who was the second and she got the answer as “There is no second, your majesty”. Unfortunately she couldn’t be preserved and in 1945 she was scrapped. There are some replicas of the boat still sailing…
The plans are quite good and detailed. Actually there’s not much deck equipment, so you actually don’t even need so much detail. There are some pictures as reference. Now it is your time onboard America to race…
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Santa Maria Sail Ship Plans
These scale model plans are the ones that you need to build a ship to explore new lands. But be carefull you may think you found India but you may find out it is a brand new continent. Yes, Santa Maria is largest of the three ships Christopher Colombus in his first Voyage.
The plans are quiet clear and easy to understand. Santa Maria is very popular beginner plan for tall ship model makers. Happy building then!
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Sail Ship Ariel Scale Model Plans
Ariel is our first tall ship scale model plan set. The plans of Ariel are clear and quite detailed. There are even lines of the row boats of ship. She was 60.2 meters long, 10.3 meters wide and 6.4 meters deep.
Ariel is a clipper. Clippers long and narrow ships and they are equipped with full rig to get use of the wind as much as possible. She has a fame in 1866′s tea race. Tea race is an unofficial competition between clippers sailing from China to England to bring the first crop of the season. Ariel was neck to neck in 1966 with another clipper called Taeping, but she was the second.
Unfortunately she was lost while she was sailing to Australia. All left from this fast and glorious ship was some wreck to give clues of her fate. But now you are going to build and carry her legacy.