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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:29 pm 
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How difficult would it be to build the Revell Germany frigate USS United States into the Chesapeake,War of 1812?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:07 pm 
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If I remember correctly, Chesapeake was the final frigate of the original six and also the smallest. It was also one of a kind I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_six_frigates_of_the_United_States_Navy

If you read through that page, for what its worth, it shows that Chesapeake was smaller in all dimensions and number of guns to the United States. Her design was changed when construction was started for various reasons. Originally she was to be a 44-gun ship but wound being a 36-gun ship.

For the life of me I can't remember what the book was called but I did find a book at my library that had plans, hull lines, sail diagrams, the works for all six of the original Frigates. After I returned it the library culled its collection and I think got rid of it. If anyone knows the name of the book please tell me and I'll see if its still there. I could kick myself for not scanning them when I had the chance...

Sorry I can't help further right now.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:47 pm 
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Simply put, you can't. The 44s were built to a very different design than Chespaeake. Her dsigner, Josiah Fox, was English, actually, and heavily influenced by the Royal Navy;s search for numbers over sizeinf rigate construcion. Therefore, he believed in smaller, handier frigates rather than the larger US-designed Humphrey's frigates. As a result, he radically modified the 44's design in making Chesapeake. Some would say that the design wasn't even modified, but was actually a clean sheet design, generally smaller even than Congress and Constellation. Her plans in the National Maritime Museum, taken off after her capture, seem to support this. By all accounts, Chesapeake was a pretty frigate, and reasonably fast and weatherly, but a very different vessel than the 44s.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:35 pm 
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by coincidence...

I visited a local craft/antique shop close to where I live....

The Chesapeake water mill--constructed partly from timbers fro the ship...

read more here:

http://www.chesapeakemill.co.uk/history.html

JIM B :wave_1:

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