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Offline crueby

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #135 on: November 11, 2019, 01:50:46 AM »
Coming together great!
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Approaching the C.S.S. Albermarie
« Reply #136 on: November 11, 2019, 01:59:41 AM »
I know this boat has a shallow draft, but the extended keel could have protected both the rudder and prop when the confederate ram was attacked.

Lieutenant Cushing planned to capture the Albermarie rather than destroy her. She was tied up at a wharf, but as he steamed into the harbour, he noticed a barrier of logs had been chained together and placed in the water. He turned, circled around and headed back at top speed hoping to blast over the logs to place his torpedo.

I'll bet the extended keel slid up and over that barrier.

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #137 on: November 11, 2019, 02:01:02 AM »
Thanks Chris,

Offline J.L.

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Piping
« Reply #138 on: November 11, 2019, 01:48:21 PM »
The boiler is now connected to the slide valve in the steam chest.

If I were under fire, I think I'd be reaching up and using the lower steam valve!

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #139 on: November 11, 2019, 02:51:33 PM »
Not much left to go now John. Really a fine looking model!!

Bill

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #140 on: November 11, 2019, 02:54:31 PM »
I agree with Bill. A really good looking model and a great build thread. Plus...... your additional narrative has  brought this boat to life.  :ThumbsUp:

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #141 on: November 11, 2019, 09:38:28 PM »
Thank you Bill and Jim for your kind comments.

The steam launch is finished. With this, let me finish a most interesting story of courage and valour.

When the crew got past the log boom, they steamed to within 10 feet of the ram. When they pulled the lanyard to the firing pin and put the engine in reverse, the Albermarie fired - sending 100 pounds of grapeshot into their boat. The Confederates then ordered the crew to surrender. Cushing told the men to not surrender and to save themselves. They jumpted into the water. Two men drowned and 11 were captured.

But the tale does not end here. Cushing was quite a fellow. He and one other crew member escaped. They became separated, but Cushing hid out in the swamps and captured a small boat that some Confederate pickets had used to reach their post.  He paddled the boat as hard and fast as he could down the Roanoke to Albermarle Sound, where he finally found the Union Fleet.

Later, in his action report he wrote;

"I have the honor to report that the rebel ironclad Albermarie is at the bottom of the Roanoke River."



I plagiarize this account heavily from notes written by Bob Crane who researched the story, designed the prototype and wrote the construction manual.

It was an enjoyable build.

John


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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #142 on: November 11, 2019, 11:38:49 PM »
Thank you for a fantastic thread John - build and story  :ThumbsUp:   :cheers:   :praise2:

Best wishes

Per

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #143 on: November 12, 2019, 04:03:56 AM »
A truly outstanding piece of work! I have enjoyed this build as much as the others. Thanks for taking the time to document and share.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #144 on: November 12, 2019, 05:07:01 AM »
Great model John! I've enjoyed following your build. Thanks for posting.  :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp:

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #145 on: November 12, 2019, 10:50:14 AM »
Thank you gentlemen. Sharing the build has been a large part of the construction of this iconic boat for me as well.

Some parting shots:


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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #146 on: November 12, 2019, 11:47:42 PM »
John: an amazing build, your attention to detain is awe-inspiring.  Thanks ever so much for sharing
« Last Edit: November 12, 2019, 11:51:58 PM by Craig DeShong »
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #147 on: November 13, 2019, 12:30:54 AM »
Beautiful Model John!
Very nice work and detail.


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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #148 on: November 13, 2019, 02:28:49 AM »
John,
Great job, and a beautiful boat. Great story as well.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #149 on: November 13, 2019, 02:23:31 PM »
Excellent result John! I hope to see it in person soon.

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