|No, it is not a mini-kayak, it's just the plastic |
hull to the Mt Washington kit.
The package from Bob Santos described a 1/96th scale model he built of the SS Maple Leaf. Bob is both a model railroader and a professional ship modeler. Check out his gallery at Santos Models. He has some nice work on display there.
|A photo by Bob Santos of his 1/96 scale model|
The wreck was in shallow water and many artifacts have been recovered from it.
The Maple Leaf was originally built in Canada, but sold to a US firm in Boston and then leased by the US Government during the civil war.
There are also models of the Maple Leaf at two different museums in Florida. The Jacksonville Science Museum has a nice 1/48th scale model of the ship in their collection. I may try to visit that museum when I go to Florida in January. There is also a maritime museum in Jacksonville that I plan to check out.
You can learn more about the Maple Leaf at the following Maple Leaf Shipwreck web site.
The Maple Leaf was 181 long, about the length of the Mt Washington. Since I now have the Mt Washington kit, I'll probably aim for a smaller second paddlewheel steamer for my dock. The Maple Leaf has a hog back frame, a feature common on pre-war steamers. That was a feature I'd like to show in a model.
In researching steamships I found another very similar ship that was about two thirds the size of the Maple Leaf. This is the SS Mystic. It was built in 1852 in New London, CT. At 154 tons, 117' length and 25 feet bean, it will better fit into my dock scene along with the Mt Washington and other planned ships (maybe even an ironclad).
The Mystic also has an interesting history. William Miller of New London, CT built her for the commuter run between New London and Mystic in 1852. In 1854 it was sold and served Norwich and New London, Mystic and Stonington. In 1860 it moved to Gloucester, MA where it made the run to Boston.
In 1863 the US Army Quartermaster Department leased her for a rate of $150 per day. It transported troops and supplies on the Virginia and North Carolina rivers. In May 25, 1863 the Quartermaster bought it outright for an undisclosed price.
On April 15, 1865, a detachment of 67th North Carolina infantry surprised her near Maple Cypress on the Neuse River, NC and burned her.