Scantlings for Terror’s Keel:
Sided = 12 and 1/2 inches (consistent with merchant vessel of the same tonnage)
Depth of keel = 1 foot 3 inches (consistent with a small fifth rate frigate)Number of pieces = 4 (consistent with merchant vessel of the same tonnage)
Scarphs in length = 4 feet (consistent with 36 gun frigate)Scarph type = plain (with tables)
Lips of the scarphs = 3 inches (consistent with standards for a 12 ½ inch sided keel)Bolts = 8 (consistent with 76 gun vessel, standard for bomb vessels)
Bolt diameters = 1 and 1/8 inches (consistent with 36 and 74 gun vessels, standard for bomb vessels)Depth of False keel = 7 inches (thicker than a 74 gun vessel)
The keel of my Terror model is made from swiss pear, with black dyed paper vellum used to simulate the tarred flannel used to line the scarphs in a real vessel. I use acid and lignin free vellum which is both colour stable and dimensionally stable, and takes wood glue very well. As in many model ships, my scarphs aren’t tabled as they won’t be visible when glued.
Ware, Chris.1994 The Bomb Vessel: Shore Bombardment Ships of the Age of Sail. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis.
|Vertical keel scarphs prior to gluing.|
|Dry fit of keel scarph.|
|Vellum glued to scarph.|
|Trimmed vellum on horizontal scarph (stern).|
|Keel scarph with vellum.|
|Profile of scarph with vellum.|
|Gluing the keel sections.|
|Finished keel section.|