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    For a while I have had a vague intention to carve a half model of Herreshoff's Reliance.I found a set of lines and I have a large enough piece of wood,so things look promising.I am quite confident that I can arrive at something reasonably true to the shape of the boat and would like to enlist the help of any historians or scholars to help with the correct colour for the bottom.Was it red antifouling or did they burnish the bronze plating?

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    I believe it was burnished bronze. I recall that NGH was in Brooklyn to look her over when she went into drydock at Erie Basin in August 1903, shortly before the Cup series started, as did Shamrock III:

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...in_Drydock.jpg

    https://www.loc.gov/item/2016805040/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/librar...ss/20925987206

    https://redhookwaterstories.org/exhi...singravingdock
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    Thanks for the comment and the links.I had a feeling that bronze would be likely,but have found no reference and no reliable paintings.One other slight obstacle was that the lines I found were not from source,but a redrafting of a set of lines after a couple of earlier versions and they appear to show a bit of a hump in the sheer.Was it likely that NGH designed it that way to keep water off the deck or was the bow sagging a touch?I have made a template and tweaked it a touch to improve the fairness.

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    Not hogged or humped in the images, very flat but still sweet.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    "... and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."

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    I visited the Herreshoff museum earlier this year. https://www.herreshoff.org/


    They built a little model of Reliance.


    Relienace.jpg

    reliance b.jpg


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    It is a must see museum if you love Herreshoff.
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    Those pictures certainly help to answer my original question.Additionally,they suggest to me that the ballast was internal,as otherwise the bottom should have a different coloured zone where any external ballast keel would have been.Would that be correct?

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    I see blue(ish) where the lead would be (or, is). Çertainly low on the fin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    Those pictures certainly help to answer my original question.Additionally,they suggest to me that the ballast was internal,as otherwise the bottom should have a different coloured zone where any external ballast keel would have been.Would that be correct?
    It is quite feasible that the lead was poured into the ballast keel after she was plated up.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    After visiting a number of the Reliance Project's extensive site-the weather encouraged me to do so-I found a couple of images of the grey area on the fin keel and will do something similar when I reach the painting phase.

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    I have always wondered if anyone has tried to find her. She went down off Atlantic City N.J. , didn’t she?

    Given today’s technology, if she were raised I wonder what would be left of her (with that bronze plating)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    After visiting a number of the Reliance Project's extensive site-the weather encouraged me to do so-I found a couple of images of the grey area on the fin keel and will do something similar when I reach the painting phase.
    It might just be shadow or condensation. I'd give those model makers a call rather than try to reinvent the wheel
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The boat was broken up in 1913 I believe.The photograph on the Reliance Project's webpage is pretty clear about the grey portion of the keel.I doubt too many people delve into such obscure aspects of a long gone boat and its good to know that the information is available with a bit of searching.


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    I have always wondered if anyone has tried to find her. She went down off Atlantic City N.J. , didn’t she?
    I believe she was scrapped after her single year of racing (in which she won every race she entered): in salt water, the iron frames and bronze plating ate each other. According to my library, her winches were used on the 1920 and 1930 AC defenders.

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    Pouring that much hot lead into a plated keel structure could be a recipe for disaster. It was surely cast independently with the hull structure built atop it. There's this website of the J-Class Ranger's 100+ ton lead keel being poured into a sand mold: http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/c...-rangers-keel/

    What's interesting to me is that Reliance's lead ballast keel was about the same size: http://abrushwithsail.blogspot.com/2...-reliance.html
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    Reliance was scrapped in July 1914 by Brooklyn marine junk dealer Michael Cowhey.

    Her lead was poured before the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company had even ordered the bronze for building the hull.

    The Hart Nautical Collections at M.I.T. hold some 170 plans relating to Reliance. You may want to inquire if you can buy some study plans.

    A good lines plan and sail plan of Reliance was published in the magnificent book by Francois Chevalier and Jacques Taglang, America's Cup Yacht Designs 1851-1986 (Paris, 1987).

    A good book about Reliance is Christopher Pastore's Temple to the Wind. The Story of America's Greatest Naval Architect and his Masterpiece, Reliance (Guilford, Connecticut, 2005).

    And, finally, it may be a good idea to consult the Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné at http://herreshoff.info and search for Reliance.

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    Thanks for the additional information,I did buy Temple to the Wind a few months ago and the urge to carve a half model began there.I found a set of lines and used the process of tracing over them to create a basic CAD file,which I then scaled up to a suitable size for the block I had available.It wasn't the perfect piece of wood and due to my eagerness to make progress I used it regardless.Some progress has been made as shown.

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