Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY

We are a small energetic group, interested in research of all types of water craft such as historic work and naval craft. Members engage in kit and scratch building of model ships. One member is developing a scratch built model of the USS Rochester for the Museum here. Another of our members has models in the Annapolis Navy Museum and of course the USS Langley at the Military History Society Museum. Our membership is associated with the Nautical Research Guild and post on its forum site Model Ship World. This is a rich source for all aspects of this pursuit. Google this site and see the typical works of our colleagues. Modelers experience ranges from 1 year to 40 years. No experience is required to join. We are introducing modern day technologies such as CNC and laser machining for scratch and kit “bashing” elements using local vendors. A current project of one members employing laser technology, is the Union, USS Sassacus a Civil War vessel. We host subject matter experts to share knowledge and demonstrate techniques, such as model painting, casting, machining, etc. We host historians to share local maritime and naval history. Recently we covered such topics as the Odenbach ship building during WWII and The War of 1812 on Lake Ontario.

Marlinspike Magazine
10/17/2016

Marlinspike Magazine

A big fish out of water. Can't you smell the bottom paint on the CHARLES W. MORGAN?

10/07/2016
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

As part of our new TV ad, Skyvantage Elevated Cinematography were commissioned to capture the dockyard’s war ships and submarines using remote controlled multi-rotor UAVs giving a modern perspective to some historic beauty. Watch the exclusive footage...

USS Constitution Museum
09/22/2016
USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum

Joshua Humphreys’ original drawing was the two-dimensional lines plan that the naval constructor and shipbuilders used to build CONSTITUTION. Using the Sheer, Half-Breadth, and Body plans, the builders shaped the native white oak and live oak timbers to create the hull of the massive 44-gun frigate. Over the centuries, her lines have been redrawn several times to reflect ongoing changes to her structure. Read more from Restoring an Icon!

USS Constitution by the Numbers
09/17/2016
USS Constitution by the Numbers

USS Constitution by the Numbers

Did you know today is Constitution Day? 229 years ago, our nation's Constitution was ratified on Sept 17. 10 years later, our Navy's USS Constitution was launched Oct. 21. In observance of Constitution Day, we're sharing some of USS Constitution's history by the numbers. 6 In 1794, Congress authoriz...

09/11/2016

The October meeting of the Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY will mark our one year anniversary of the group's formation. All members are highly encouraged to participate in this milestone meeting. Guests are welcome. We want to make the meeting rich and engaging as our others have been. We will be putting out an agenda soon so standby for the announcement.

USS Constitution Museum
09/09/2016
USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum

The keel is the backbone of a vessel, running from the forefoot in the bow to the deadwood of the sternpost. Laid in 1795, USS Constitution's keel is made of four enormous pieces of white oak timber harvested in Trenton, NJ. Want more about "Old Ironsides"' 221 year old keel? Check out this week's blog post from Restoring an Icon!

Marlinspike Magazine
09/05/2016

Marlinspike Magazine

Some pix from today's Gloucester Schooner Festival!

War History Online
08/29/2016
War History Online

War History Online

“Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution, has been through it all and lived to tell about it!

USS Constitution Museum
08/26/2016
USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum

Aloft and a-low with USS Constitution's riggers and caulking! The latest on "Old Ironsides"' progress from our restoration blog, Restoring an Icon.

08/26/2016

Hello Everyone,

After speaking with Joe this morning, we have decided to cancel our September meeting and roll the agenda into our October session.

September 10th Meeting: Is Cancelled because of schedule conflicts of many members. As a result we have decided to postpone the agenda items for September and roll them into our October 8th Meeting.

For our Meeting on October 9th at the Military History Society of Rochester, there are many exciting things lined up.

1. This meeting officially marks the One Year Anniversary of our group!
2. We tentatively will have two special guests in attendance.
3. Also we are encouraging all members to bring in something you are working on, and give a quick five-minute overview at the end of our session of your progress at the end of the meeting.
4. More agenda items to follow.

Also, the page event will be updated to reflect the scheduling change marked above.

Once again our September 10th meeting is cancelled. We will meet on October 8th at the Military History Society of Rochester.

Thank you,

Timothy Igoe

Marlinspike Magazine
08/22/2016
Marlinspike Magazine

Marlinspike Magazine

*Sigh * As a former HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN tweaker, I have to point out that LADY always gets top billing!

Marlinspike Magazine
08/22/2016
Marlinspike Magazine

Marlinspike Magazine

The Park Service will re-christen the 1895 West Coast lumber schooner C.A. THAYER this weekend, after restoring the historic vessel.

Naval History & Heritage Command
08/20/2016

Naval History & Heritage Command

The frigate USS Constitution captures frigate HMS Guerriere off Halifax, Nova Scotia #OTD in 1812. During the intense broadside fire, Guerriere’s mizzenmast falls over the side crippling her ability to maneuver. After the bowspirit of HMS Guerriere becomes entangled in USS Constitution’s rigging, both sides attempt to board, but the seas are too rough while at the same time marksmen fire at exposed personnel.

When the ships separate, the British frigate’s foremast collapses, pulling the mainmast with it. At that point, HMS Guerriere has no other choice than to surrender. During the battle, Constitution earns its nickname "Old Ironsides" when a Guerriere cannon-ball bounces off the side of her hull. USS Constitution Museum

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