My first paying job was in 1976, working in the yard building the Pride of Baltimore. I reported aboard as crew in 1981, on my 21st birthday. I acquired a copy of her plans from Thomas Gilmer in 1982 and started a model in 1:32 scale. Before it was finished it was destroyed during one of my many moves. Now that I’m a bit more settled down, here’s a second attempt to model the old Pride.
This model will represent the first Pride of Baltimore as she appeared in the fall of 1981, when I was aboard her.
She will be built “plank-on-bulkhead,” glassed outside, the bulkheads removed, and the inside coated with resin. She will be built from Thomas Gilmer’s plans, my photos from my time aboard, and other images I can find of the boat from that time.
Pride of Baltimore in 1986
The model will be 1/20th the size of the original;
Gilmer’s plan redrawn and scaled to 1:20
[li]Hull length: 54" (137.4cm)[/li][li]Length on deck: 48" (121.9cm)[/li][li]Length on waterline w/o rudder: 46.75" (118.1cm)[/li][li]Beam: 13.625" (34.6cm)[/li][li]Draft without ballast keel: 5.875" (14.9cm)[/li][li]Total height (top of jack-yard to bottom of keel): 61.6" (156.5cm)[/li][/ul]
The plans and patterns were printed on an HP inkjet plotter. The patterns for the forms were glued to 5/16" CDX plywood and cut out.
They were stood up on the building board in September of 2010.
10 months later the keel was cut and fitted - also of 5/16" CDX.
Over the Columbus Day weekend, planking was cut from white pine using a table saw jig.
and planking the hull began
I’m not too concerned with spieling the planks as she’ll be glassed and painted. Narrower planks will cover down to the waterline, with the wider planks taking over from there.
The bottom will be glassed up to the bottom of the wale. She’ll be polyurethaned and painted up from there.