Confederation Marine Modellers

Nautical lore . . . .  for modellers whose interest extends to ships, the sea, the lakes, and the men and women who work and play in them.

Tesla had been slowly developing the concept of his radio-controlled model boat since 1893, building better and better mechanisms, showing them to visitors at his laboratory. "In 1896 I designed a complete machine capable of a multitude of operations. But the consummation of my labours was delayed until 1897....when first shown at the beginning of 1898, it created a sensation such as no other invention of mine has ever produced."

This topic became a regular feature in the club’s newsletter each year. However, we have learnt that it has been appearing in the wrong month. In 2003 the Canadian Parliament created Merchant Navy Remembrance Day which designated September 3 as a day to recognize the contributions and sacrifice of Canadian merchant mariners. 

Nautical lore - The meeting of the Foundation Franklin and the Beaverford.

During 1942, less than 11 months into WW2, the United States Navy had lost four front line aircraft carriers due to enemy engagements. A further two aircraft carriers were damaged, but were repaired at Pearl Harbor and returned to service. These early engagements and losses emphasized that carriers would be the backbone of the war in the Pacific. While American industry would build carriers and their airplanes, it was up to the US Navy to train the pilots and crews that would be necessary to make the ships and planes an effective fighting force. The Navy was hard pressed to come up with a solution to solve the training dilemma.

The unique tale of the SS Warimoo

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was latitude 0 degrees x 31 minutes north and longitude 179 degrees x 30 minutes west. The date was 30 December 1899.  “Know what this means?”, First Mate Payton broke in, “we're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.”

Battleships and the end of an era.

Nautical lore - Robert Allan Ltd.

Seventy-three years ago the last naval engagement involving a Royal Navy battleship took place, and one year ago the Gunnery Director Officer on that battleship passed away aged 101. Both events marked the end of an era.

The smell, the sound, the ambiance. As soon as you enter a shipyard that builds in wood, the differences are plain. Skilled craftsmen toil over intricate tasks, using techniques passed down through the generations. There is a deep emotion in wood construction,that contrasts with the mechanical nature of composite building.

The Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS) was a branch of the Royal Navy active during both the First and Second World Wars. The RNPS operated many small auxiliary vessels such as naval trawlers for anti-submarine and minesweeping operations to protect coastal Britain and convoys.

Offshore powerboat racing is a type of racing by ocean-going powerboats, orignally point-to-point racing.
          In most of the world, offshore powerboat racing is led by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) regulated Class 1 and Powerboat GPS (formerly known as Powerboat P1). In the USA, offshore powerboat racing is led by the American Power Boat Association (APBA) /UIM. The sport is financed by a mixture of private funding and commercial sponsors.
          In 1903, the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, and its offshoot, the Marine Motor Association, organised a race of auto-boats. The winner was awarded the Harmsworth Trophy. Offshore powerboat racing was first recognised as a sport when, in 1904, a race took place from the south-eastern coast of England to Calais, France. In the United States, the APBA was formed soon thereafter and the first U.S. recorded race was in 1911, in California.

The business was founded in 1930 when Robert Allan commenced private practice as a consulting Naval Architect after serving as Technical Manager of a local major shipyard. A 1907 graduate naval architect from the University of Glasgow, he was responsible for numerous enduring designs produced for the growing British Columbia fishing fleet and coastal ferry services, among others. His reputation for quality designs was enhanced by the notable, classic ocean-going motor yachts Meander (1934) and Fifer (1939), both of which are still in active service on the Pacific Coast.

Nautical lore - Lest we forget the merchantmen.

Lest we forget the fishermen – “Harry Tate’s Navy”

Nautical lore - Offshore Powerboat Racing

Nautical lore - USS Wolverine - the Great Lakes aircraft carrier.

Construction of modern super yachts. 

Nikola Tesla, the first R/C model boater

One of the interesting aspects of modelling a historical  vessel is that you can usually find reference to its history somewhere. It is not so often that you can find a mention of a meeting between two of the vessels modelled by club members. This is the case with Bill M.'s Foundation Franklin and Roy's  Beaverford. ​The story is found in Farley Mowat's book, "Grey Seas Under".