Full Size Printed Plan Scale 1:48 Single hatch coaster "S.S. KYLE RHEA" suitable for radio control


Full Size Printed Plan

No material plans only


Single hatch coaster launched in 1912 as the Tod Head.

Full Size Printed on Two Sheets 36” x 24” 

Four Page Article and photo (No Building Notes Some boat building experience required)

Scale 1:48

Length 33.5in.

Beam 5.5in.

Suitable for radio control

Detailed drawing with waterlines and body plan

Note: no model structure included.


THE COAST of the British Isles is dotted with small seaports which, with their limited access to the hinterland, have had to rely for centuries on the small ships of the coasting trades. This was one of the fields where the sailing ship was able to compete until well after 1900. The collier brigs of the North- East Coast are an example of a type which survived due to the cheap rates which they were able to offer. Sail also maintained a strong hold in the South West of England. cargo carrier was a drrncult vessel to design. Because of the small ports served, the draught was limited as were her overall dimensions. The owner had to pick a size to suit the cargoes which he was going to handle - there was not much use having a large ship when only a few hundred tons were going to be carried. Many of the small coasters transported bricks, gravel, coal and other bulk cargoes in relatively small quantities to out-of-the-way ports. The single- hatch coaster was very popular with dimensions up to about 150 ft. and carrying a deadweight of 400 tons. (Deadweight tonnage was the weight of cargo which would load the vessel down to the Plimsoll mark.) Sometimes the smaller vessels of this type have been called steam lighters or steam barges, and true enough, many of them appear to be nothing more than powered barges. Others have been developed


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