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Spring 2017

It has been a long and difficult winter here at SeaWatchBooks, but we have managed to avoid the reefs and shoals and are back on course. This winter we published a small offering from David Antscherl titled THE GREENWICH HOSTPITAL BARGE of 1832.

This ceremonial barge was paraded on the Thames River in London on festive occasions. Davidís craftsmanship and techniques tackle the construction of lap strake planking in detail, and he has included a section on carvel construction of small boats as well.

The book is in color and includes two sheets of plans. Priced at $45, it as a fun read and an invaluable ďhow toĒ manual. You can order from our web site.

Next up is Ed Tostiís YOUNG AMERICA, volume II. It is in final design right now and should be available in early May. This book will cover deck furniture, machinery, rails and other items found on deck. Ed and I were amazed at the amount of material he had produced and decided that there was more than enough material to warrant a volume by itself. As in volume one, Edís craftsmanship, clear writing skills, use and adaption of tools, materials and techniques has created a master class in model ship building. Readers of volume one have commented that even if they never tackled a clipper ship that the amount of usable material they came away with was astounding.

Ed is very busy working on masts at the moment, and volume III will cover the entire subject of masting and rigging. It is far too early to predict when this work will be done and volume III will be ready.

I appreciate all of the positive comments and magazine reviews concerning volume one of the Rogers Collection. As many of you know, documenting this incredible collection of 17th and 18th century models has been somewhat of a holy grail for me. After working with the author for over a decade, it was a proud moment to see volume I finally in print.

We were very happy to receive the manuscript, photos and captions for volume II which was going to cover the third rates in the collection. The problem that has surfaced is that after sending the edited and marked up copy of the work to the author, we have not heard from him. Publishing staff, like designers, have had to stop work, press time has been cancelled, money spent up to this point is sitting like a pool of red ink, and I do not have any explanation as to why this has happened.

I am beginning to explore ways to bring you what I have, realizing that a volume II will mean that the rest of the collection might never be documented in print. With many collections of historic ship models being packed away in storage, the Rogers Collection at the Naval Academy Museum has become one of the finest collections in the world. I had hoped that many people would have been introduced to more of the collection and would might actually pay a visit to see this marvel of naval history and modeling craftsmanship. We are beginning to run out of water under this keel, and I donít know what else to tell you at this point

Enough of sour news. Other projects in the wind are a mid-18th century ketch rigged sloop by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert and a project to bring a purpose built Civil War Confederate blockade runner to you. It is too soon to project availability, but we hope to have at least one of them ready by the end of the year.