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The 'Craig' and build thread
« on: February 28, 2009, 01:43:16 »
I have just ordered the plans for the above tug. All I can tell you is that she was designed by J.Murray Watts and built by Craig Brothers Marine Railway Company of Norfolk, Virginia around 1924.

I am interested in any information you experts over the pond may have.

Thanks in advance..

Barry
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 08:17:45 »
Hi Barry:
Good looking profile on the drawing here;
http://modelplans.steamboats.org/p16-craig.html
Are going to build in 1/24 scale??
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 13:18:40 »
No sorry Mike, 1/48th. At 1/24th, I would not get it into the car.... :o

I have seen hat link thanks...
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 13:24:54 »
1/48 is a bit small?? No??
If you're going R/C, things could get intricate and costly...at 'micro' size.
How about re-size plans at 1/32??

Just a thought Amigo...and happy to see you've recovered from your B/Day.

Cheers
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 14:36:08 »
Hrm.....Got me thinking now, but 1/48th gives me a model that the wife will allow on public display, if it turns out okay that is. Will give this some thought thanks. Oh and I did get over the big day. She looked after me a treat!!

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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 21:08:34 »
Seems a tad 'early' to be luanched as a diesel tug.
Perhaps she was steam powered...and then converted to diesel???
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 21:15:20 »
HI BARRY ; That sure looks like a great little tug . Reminds my of the Sixty's . There was a few that looked like that running around this coast up north .      PUFFIN

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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 23:36:28 »
Hi Guys,

According to the information I have she was built as a diesel, but then again that may be wrong, hence my desire for information. I now have the plans and should be ordering some wood in the next week or so.....
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2009, 03:44:07 »
Well the time is almost upon me again to start building another boat and what else could it be, but a TUG.... Admittedly an old one, but a tug none the less.

The Craig was built in 1924 by the Craig Brothers Marine Railway Company, of Norfolk, Virginia, from a design by J Murray Watts. My information tells me that she was built as a diesel tug, powered by a three cylinder Fairbanks-Morse, 150 horsepower engine. If this is right then she must have been a fairly early one. Any one got any ideas on this?

I am going to scratch build her, based on the Model Boats plan, drawn up by John Parker, to a scale of 1:24, which will give an overall length of about 820 mm or just over 32 inches. I am undecided whether to have her as a working model or as a static, complete with running gear for future powering if wanted. Mrs Footski would like to have her displayed in the house and cased, so I will have to give this some thought.

As she was an American tug, I will be relying on you good chaps and ladies on the far side of the pond from me, to help out with advise and constructive criticism as the build progresses. Now don't expect too much too quickly as I have not ordered the raw material yet. I need much Liteply and balsa strips, which I am hoping to get from the UK, if the postage is not too bad. The basic material is over double the UK price, here in Spain, which is daft considering most of it is made here, but please don't tell them or they may put their prices up!! >:D
The two photos show the plans as purchased. Adios for now and if anybody has any ideas, please feel free to let me know...(Polite ones only please Tugmaster..)

Barry
« Last Edit: March 19, 2009, 07:35:52 by Footski »
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2009, 06:52:53 »
Sounds like a great project Barry :) :)

I have a personal fondness for those 3 cyl F-M diesels, as my tug live-aboard had one ( an 80hp unit) installed back in 1928.

It's most likely long-gone now, as she was re-powered (the 1st time) back in the 40's, with a 100hp Cat.

Back on topic, here's a few pics of  those huge motors for ya':

Cheers


« Last Edit: March 19, 2009, 06:54:54 by tugs53 »
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2009, 07:36:52 »
Brilliant Mike,

It looks like I may be picking your brain on a regular basis my friend....
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2009, 04:04:22 »
I have nipped out this morning to my local hardware store and have purchased all the Liteply needed for the job. It was only 15 Euros, which is a less than a third I have been quoted so am now in a good mood... The planking is on order from up north so it should not be long now before i commence the work.
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2009, 09:03:01 »
Good to hear Barry!
You'll be putting that new machine of yours to work soon :) :)
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2009, 08:27:53 »
I have put my new machine to use at last. Firstly I drew out the frames on 3mm Liteply,before cutting them out and using my old Minicraft sanding table to sand them accurately to shape. I marked out the building board and glued the frames to it, upside down, using small gussets to ensure they were upright.

The next job is to make up the keel and attach it to the frames..
« Last Edit: March 23, 2009, 08:29:36 by Footski »
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Re: The 'Craig' and build thread
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2009, 18:01:07 »
Barry:

I went to merge the two 'Craig' topics...and this is the result...if that's OK with you.

Nice framework mate!!!!
MIKE