U.S.S. Galena in her 1862 rig. My model is a far simpler looking affair!
The final Union ship for this batch of ACW models is under the brush and all being well will be finished today. The construction was very similar to that of the U.S.S. New Ironsides lookalike the U.S.S. New Glory but with less gun ports, one less layer of MDF for the hull and fewer masts.Once again the reduced rig will be shown which makes the build so much easier.
As my models have been ‘based upon’ rather than being true replicas I have opted to use fictional names for the entire collection. Some of these are whimsical - the Confederate ironclads O’Hara and Butler being a case in point - whilst others have a connection with the historical original that inspired the build. The links are between the two are occasionally tenuous but it all adds to the fun.
The U.S.S. Galena is in fact named after the mineral of the same name and is not just any mineral either. Galena is the state mineral (?) of Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. I wanted to use a name that was somehow related and came across the wonderfully named mining district of Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho. So, the U.S.S. Coeur d’Alene it is then.
The model is far simpler looking than its historical counterpart and sadly I am unable to replicate the pronounced tumblehome of the original. I have also dispensed with some of the more ‘fiddly’ deatils but this is in keeping with the style of the overall build for this project. Although it has been built to the same length as the U.S.S. New Glory it looks smaller alongside as it sits slightly lower, has fewer masts and I intentionally covered the main deck more with larger hatch covers. It is an optical illusion for sure but it works rather well.
I have the plans for the C.S.S. Georgia lookalike and so will be making a start on this over the next day or so - it will give me something to do whilst the paint is drying!