War of 1812 Gunboats

On shipmodeler.wordpress.com is some discussion about American gunboats and Amati’s Arrow Gunboat kit. This is a popular kit for its detail, appearance, and unusual subject matter. Plus, it has a simple rig, making it a fun and quicker build than many more complicated ship model kits.

If you want to try building this kit for yourself, you can find here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/am1422-amati-arrow.html

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So, this past week, I’ve been having a few conversations with Mr. Paul Reck, who’s an accomplished ship modeler that runs the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights club in San Francisco. I’ve been a member of that group for at least 10 or 11 years. Paul has been talking for some time about gunboats of the Jeffersonian navy. So, 1801 through the War of 1812. And, yes, that’s technically into the Madison presidency, but we’re talking about the gunboat navy that took shape under Jefferson.

Paul has built a model of the War of Independence gunboat Philadelphia and small galley cutter Lee. Lately, his attention turned to these Jeffersonian gunboats. This is something I’ve always had an interest in, though my knowledge doesn’t really go past a couple historical books on the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars, and Howard Chapelle’s book History of the American Sailing Navy.

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