By: Jim Shoesmith
Wilbur Morse design c 1890. Depicts a Muscongus Bay sloop the type built in Maine for coastal fisheries and lobstering. These deep keel sloops had a clipper bow, a counter stern and a strong sheer line. These small craft were jib and mainsail boats some as long as 38 feet to 40 feet on deck, and had a club footed staysail and jib, and some were fitted with a removable topmast. The mainsail was a fore & aft gaff rig. The model is constructed via clear eastern white pine laminated waterline lifts, all appropriately hollowed-out to permit the recess cockpit / well, and shows individually laid boxwood planking with each piece tree nail pegged and nibbed. Model shows all appropriate deck arrangement and deck gear, including a fish well hatch, small companionway to the cuddy, stove pipe stack, steering wheel, running lights, etc. all of wood or brass. It is rigged showing all essential standing rigging including shrouds and fore stays, as well as all running lines with sheets fitted to travelers and all of twisted linen threads. The model is authentically painted showing a anti-fouling green bottom, black topsides, natural decking and white cuddy cabin. It is mounted on an original keel support brace of stained mahogany.