LION of Baltimore

LION of Baltimore 1/4 scale representation of a Fell's Point built schooner burned by British forces in Bodkin Creek in 1814
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We find that LION sails well in light airs. We use the "basic three" Main, Fore, and first Staysail. I found the rig a l...
09/13/2021
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We find that LION sails well in light airs. We use the "basic three" Main, Fore, and first Staysail. I found the rig a little out of balance so now we use the Main Topsail at all times. The other sails are pretty hard to use shorthanded, and we are always going to be shorthanded due to limited crew space. we have had some pleasant sails, and are looking forward to participating in the "Parade of Sail" at The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race on October 6th, 2021 -https://gcbsr.org/
and the Fall Festival at Hancock's Resolution- http://www.historichancocksresolution.org/events/fall-harvest-festival-and-dinner-and-war-1812

The GCBSR was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources. We accomplish this goal by presenting educational programs and supporting regional organizations who share this vision...

We are sailing LION.  Quarter scale baltimore schooner.
07/27/2021

We are sailing LION. Quarter scale baltimore schooner.

Schooners were often "privateers".
06/10/2021

Schooners were often "privateers".

With the arrival of PRIDE II in Bermuda this morning we were reminded of a lesser known side of 1812 history.

That is that a rakish Baltimore style privateer would not have been an uncommon sight in the British held blue waters of Bermuda during the War of 1812. In fact, the British & Canadians had their own privateers & they were quite good (that is actually an understatement). In reality, the British privateers were a menace to American shipping. Because of its location, Bermuda was a strategically important base in the Atlantic & was where British privateers would often taken their captured prizes. In particular, the "privateers of Nova Scotia played an integral role in closing American ports during the War of 1812,” says The Canadian Encyclopedia. “They were a valuable source of intelligence for the Royal Navy on American strength & ship movements.

One of the most formidable British privateers was the Baltimore-built schooner LIVERPOOL PACKET (American-built vessels were often coveted by the British for their speed & sailing qualities). During the war, she captured some 50 prizes valued at between $264,000 & $1,000,000. A former slaver captured by the Royal Navy, she carried a crew of 40 men & 5 carriage guns. In the first year of the war, LIVERPOOL PACKET captured around 30 American vessels & would prey on ships off Cape Cod.

Another extremely successful British (well, Canadian) privateer during the war was SIR JOHN SHERBROOK, formerly the American brig RATTLESNAKE. The ship had 18 guns & was crewed by 150 men. Regarded as one of the largest & fastest British privateers, she sailed for one year, in which she captured around 18 prizes. When HMS SHANNON engaged & defeated the USS CHESAPEAKE, SIR JOHN SHERBROOKE supplied the British ship with much-needed reinforcements.

Image: LIVERPOOL PACKET painted by Thomas Hayhurst, Queens County Museum

LION went into the water on Saturday. Did not sink. Did not leak. Looks okay to me.Now, without having any sort of idea ...
06/06/2021

LION went into the water on Saturday. Did not sink. Did not leak. Looks okay to me.
Now, without having any sort of idea what sort of performance to expect from this thing, we have to learn how to sail her.

The mighty SAILRIGHT  sewing machine.
09/03/2020

The mighty SAILRIGHT sewing machine.

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
09/03/2020

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

Bottom paint has been applied as of today. Applied by courtesy of Steven, Sean, George, and Nathan.
08/18/2020

Bottom paint has been applied as of today. Applied by courtesy of Steven, Sean, George, and Nathan.

05/21/2020

During the stay at home, I worked on some rigging and painted some spars. Getting ready to dewax, prime, and paint the bottom.

We bent on the sails Tuesday.
10/18/2019

We bent on the sails Tuesday.

LION of Baltimore
10/18/2019

LION of Baltimore

Day of sail fitting after a long summer of restoration. What can't be seen is that the centerboard is installed and we a...
10/18/2019

Day of sail fitting after a long summer of restoration. What can't be seen is that the centerboard is installed and we are 95% ready to launch in Spring.

Day of sail fitting after a long summer of restoration. What can't be seen is that the centerboard is installed and we are 95% ready to launch in Spring.

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
10/18/2019

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

Just thinking about how this project started out July 30 2003...
09/29/2019

Just thinking about how this project started out July 30 2003...

Topsail with new rigging sets nicely.
09/25/2019

Topsail with new rigging sets nicely.

A photo from 2015
07/12/2019

A photo from 2015

LION of Baltimore
06/14/2019

LION of Baltimore

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
06/14/2019

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

Sail trials in the woods
06/13/2019

Sail trials in the woods

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
06/13/2019

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

Progress from the last two weeks.
06/01/2019

Progress from the last two weeks.

Some more photos from the Maritime Heritage Festival
04/29/2019

Some more photos from the Maritime Heritage Festival

Maritime Heritage Festival nearly blew me away. (It was windy) Photo by Mary Bickford
04/28/2019

Maritime Heritage Festival nearly blew me away. (It was windy) Photo by Mary Bickford

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
04/24/2019

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

LION of Baltimore
04/13/2019

LION of Baltimore

LION of Baltimore's cover photo
04/13/2019

LION of Baltimore's cover photo

Starting to work it all out
04/13/2019

Starting to work it all out

Starting to work it all out

Thermo jacket of chamois leather 1870
04/05/2019

Thermo jacket of chamois leather 1870

LION is contracted to participate at the Fell's Point Maritime Heritage Festival on the 27th of this month. The centerbo...
04/05/2019
Maritime Heritage Festival

LION is contracted to participate at the Fell's Point Maritime Heritage Festival on the 27th of this month. The centerboard got straightened, and insurance arrangements have been progressing. Whether we show LION in the water, or on the trailer, there will be hands-on activities for all ages on Broadway Pier with Ship's Company and the LION crew.
https://fellspointmainstreet.org/events/maritimefestival/

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04/05/2019

After quite a while, I found that I had been given the wrong spelling of the name of the man who built LION. This, I believe was him.

Published in The Capital from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13, 2010-

Peter Dow Van Dine died Feb. 4 at his home in Annapolis after a brief illness.
A naval architect and avid pilot, Peter designed and built classic style yachts, including many schooners. Some of his boats were displayed in the first Annapolis Sailboat Show. In 1980, he and his wife founded Merganser Aircraft Corp., specializing in composite parts for medivac helicopters. He also built a carbon fiber MG Airline Auto for which he won many awards.
Peter's interests included designing and flying aircraft, sailing, building and playing guitars, and rescuing feral cats. Along with his wife he was a member of the Annapolis Chorale.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Foley Van Dine, and two sisters, Lorraine Van Dine and Delores Wells, both of Rochester, N.Y.

Now this is interesting: The Italian miniature schooner Leone di Caprera which has recently crossed the Atlantic, top, c...
04/05/2019
The Italian miniature schooner Leone di Caprera which has recently...

Now this is interesting: The Italian miniature schooner Leone di Caprera which has recently crossed the Atlantic, top, captain Vincenzo Fondacaro, illustration from the magazine The Graphic, volume XXIII, n 587, February 26, 1881.
https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/illustration/italian-miniature-schooner-leone-di-caprera-which-has-stock-graphic/681891833

The Italian miniature schooner Leone di Caprera which has recently crossed the Atlantic, top, captain Vincenzo Fondacaro, illustration from the magazine The Graphic, volume XXIII, n 587, February 26,...

01/31/2019

In February we will be making one or two items and getting the centerboard straightened. In March we will reinstall the centerboard and test fit the sails and install some cleats. Planning a launch in early April.

LION of Baltimore
10/14/2018

LION of Baltimore

Photos by Nathan Zebrowski
10/14/2018

Photos by Nathan Zebrowski

Photos by Nathan Zebrowski

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