FISHING BOAT COLLECTION
Written and Edited by F. Carrington Weems II
Models Owned by F. Carrington Weems II
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THE SHRIMP TRAWLER
Mr. Michael Bocklud’s Captain Frank is a scratch-built, plank –on-frame, fully radio-controlled 3/8” = 1’ model. It was completed in 1988 using blueprints drawn by his older brother, William, a draftsman. The model was built because of Mr. Mocklud’s enjoyment in designing and building commercial shrimp trawlers. With Michael’s father being a commercial fisherman, he has been interested in building model boats since his youth. The model is 3’ long, 2’9” tall, and 1’3” wide. Plank on frame.
A whaling vessel could be easily identified at a distance by its distinctive smell and look. They carried numerous small whale-hunting boats on davits around their sides, a folding wooden stage on one side allowed the crew to cut away the whale flesh with long-handled knives, and a large brick or cast iron stove (the “tryworks”) abaft the foremast served to cook down the whale blubber. Their sails were often stained black from the greasy smoke of the cooking fires.
Because they needed to stay at sea for long periods of time, and needed to carry as many barrels of oil as possible, most whaling vessels were designed more for capacity and endurance than for speed. Spilled whale oil could infuse the timbers, greatly extending the life of the vessel.
Depletion of whale stocks and a shift to engine-propelled vessels in the early 20th century ultimately spelled the end of the once-mighty American whaling fleet.
Length: 91 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 23 ft.
Gulf shrimpers like the Jeannie M. can stay at sea for up to three weeks at a time, fishing at night because brown shrimp (the most common species) are nocturnal.
Length: 71 feet
Beam: 19 feet 8 inches
British North Sea Motor Trawler
Length: 139 feet
Beam 26 feet
SCHOONER “BLUE NOSE”
Scratch Built Model of the “Blue Nose”
A Racing, fishing, schooner yacht
Model Maker Unknown
DIORAMA OF A WHALING SCENE
Created by Curator of Maritime Museo de Paris