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    Depicted here is the scratch built model of John Paul Jones first command in the Continental Navy, the Sloop of war PROVIDENCE.



    Her's what's going on aboard the PROVIDENCE.

    Colonial Sloop Providence diorama display explanation


    The sloop Providence is close hauled tacking into NW force 4 wind as she looks for a safe anchorage in friendly waters , hopefully close to an established town for re-provisioning On deck are 12 crew members.


    Starting at the bow stb. side is the ships Bo'sun. He is loosening the lashing on the anchors fluke. It will be eased off to hang from the cat head to be released at the word of the captain..


    Across from him on the port side a seaman is preparing to pull on the jib down haul..


    At the mast another sailor approaching the jib halyard to let it go to lower the sail , both will eventually furl the sail just leaving the fore stay sail drawing which may be used in "backing " to help sail the sloop backwards as she lay's out her cable when anchoring.


    On deck stb. side is the midshipman to supervise the anchoring evolution. He thinks he is important but the ships Bo'sun is far more experienced Above him on the ships rail is another sailor pointing to obstructions that lie ahead. He just came from aloft where he furled the top sail


    Opposite him secured to the shrouds is the leads man. He is taking soundings to determine the depth. He looks a little worried as the lead line showed 4' beneath the keel.


    On the quarter deck port side a seaman belays the running back stay as the sloop just completed a tack.


    Another sailor is preparing to "dip the colors" as a US Marine is preparing the saluting swivel gun on the stb. side


    The first lieutenant overlooks it all as the most experienced quartermaster mans the tiller.
    The Captain is all the way aft and knows the ship is in good hands and is probably calculating his share of prize money after a successful cruise off shore sinking and capturing British merchant, war ships and raiding shore facilities.

    JD

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    Default Re: Colonial sloop Providence model

    Now yer just showin off...

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    Lovely model, JD. I expect that most here have seen Bill Gilkerson's painting Sloop Providence pursued by HM frigate Soleby:

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    Nice!!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Colonial sloop Providence model

    Now yer just showin off
    ...

    Yea Willin Just trying to put positive stuff on the Forum
    So, what ya got to show ??

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    Default Re: Colonial sloop Providence model

    What a great idea. Thanks for doing this.

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    Really nice.
    I have one finished to share. Not anywhere near on the same level as yours though...
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    Default Re: Colonial sloop Providence model

    Quote Originally Posted by J. Dillon View Post
    Depicted here is the scratch built model of John Paul Jones first command in the Continental Navy, the Sloop of war PROVIDENCE.



    Her's what's going on aboard the PROVIDENCE.

    Colonial Sloop Providence diorama display explanation


    The sloop Providence is close hauled tacking into NW force 4 wind as she looks for a safe anchorage in friendly waters , hopefully close to an established town for re-provisioning On deck are 12 crew members.




    Starting at the bow stb. side is the ships Bo'sun. He is loosening the lashing on the anchors fluke. It will be eased off to hang from the cat head to be released at the word of the captain..


    Across from him on the port side a seaman is preparing to pull on the jib down haul..


    At the mast another sailor approaching the jib halyard to let it go to lower the sail , both will eventually furl the sail just leaving the fore stay sail drawing which may be used in "backing " to help sail the sloop backwards as she lay's out her cable when anchoring.


    On deck stb. side is the midshipman to supervise the anchoring evolution. He thinks he is important but the ships Bo'sun is far more experienced Above him on the ships rail is another sailor pointing to obstructions that lie ahead. He just came from aloft where he furled the top sail


    Opposite him secured to the shrouds is the leads man. He is taking soundings to determine the depth. He looks a little worried as the lead line showed 4' beneath the keel.


    On the quarter deck port side a seaman belays the running back stay as the sloop just completed a tack.


    Another sailor is preparing to "dip the colors" as a US Marine is preparing the saluting swivel gun on the stb. side


    The first lieutenant overlooks it all as the most experienced quartermaster mans the tiller.
    The Captain is all the way aft and knows the ship is in good hands and is probably calculating his share of prize money after a successful cruise off shore sinking and capturing British merchant, war ships and raiding shore facilities.

    JD

    Providence 14.jpgProvidence 3.jpgProvidence 4.jpgProvidence 9.jpg
    Consider the size of the vessel and number of crew.

    Type: Sloop
    Length: ~65 feet
    Beam: 20 feet
    Sail plan: jib, flying jib, staysail, square sail, and fore-and-aft mainsail
    Complement: 6 officers, 22 seamen, 26 Marines
    Armament: 12 4-pounder guns and 14 railside swivel guns

    Lieutenant John Paul Jones took command of Providence on May 10 and made a voyage to New York, returning about 100 soldiers to the Continental Army whom Washington had lent to Hopkins to help man the American fleet, and Jones then hove down the ship to clean her bottom.
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    Default Re: Colonial sloop Providence model

    Nicely done!

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    Exquisite! Both models. I love the way Jack's model tells a story. It really comes alive and draws the viewer into the action. Both of these are very well done scratch-builds.

    Keep 'em coming, guys! More close-ups, too!

    How long did she take to build, Jack? Those figures represent a lot of time and careful effort, I'd bet.

    Please tell us more about your build. Plank on frame, plank on bulkhead, solid block hull, background research on the vessel, and so on.

    The sails on both models are particularly well done. Is the material Silkspan, paper, or what? "Enquiring minds want to know."

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