Full Size Printed Plan to build 1:48 Small inter-island passenger-cargo S.S. New Fawn


Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes

No material plans only


Full size printed plan on a on a 32” x 24” sheet

Three Page Article

Scale 1:48 (1/4" = 1ft)

Length 33"

Suitable for Radio Control


1/4 in. = 1 in. model will be 33 in. o.a. x 53/4 x 23/8 in. draught. Assuming a block coefficient of 0.7, the model weight will be about 10 lb.* An increase to 3/8 in. = 1 in. gives a length of 49 1/2 in. and a weight of around 35 lb. On the 1/4 in. model there is a 'headroom' of under 4 in. under the bridge and along the boiler and engine casing. The hold is shallow but small radio gear could be placed in it. The simple approach would be to make a removable poop deck complete with superstructure, funnel, boats, etc. attached. Other decks would be fixed, but a removable hatch cover would give access to the hold and forecastle without removing the mast and rigging.

WHEREVER there is a group of islands there must be a service provided to convey passengers and goods between the islands. The design of this class of vessel presents the naval architect with quite a problem. Most of the ports which she serves have limited facilities and many of them dry out at low tide. This means that draught is restricted and the hulls must be flat bottomed to lie comfortably high and dry. The vessel must be seaworthy to meet the heavy seas that she will encounter during the course of each year. There must be space for the cargo and derricks for handling it. Saloon accommodation is required as, even if the voyages are short, passengers expect comfort and shelter. No sleeping space is needed for the passengers. There must be open space on the decks for the passengers to promenade in good weather. Quite a problem!

In the days of steam the result was generally as portrayed by the New Fawn. The forecastle was high to throw off the heavy seas. The hatch was low to facilitate off-loading, and large to allow the handling of long items in the cargo. This was the most vulnerable part of the small ship and security of hatch coverings was of vital importance. The poop deck was high to give space for the accommodation and to try to give the passengers a dry trip.

The New Fawn was built in May, 1923 by Fuller-ton's of Paisley, 125 ft. b.p. x 23 ft. 2 in. x 9 ft. 9 in. moulded. The engine, from the works of Ross and Duncan, was compound 15 in. x 32 in.-24 in. stroke, supplied from a single ended tubular boiler at 135 p.s.i. With her bluff hull she had no pretensions as to speed and could manage 10 kts. on a consumption of 6 tons of coal per day. She had a saloon for 50 first class passengers, while her Board of Trade Certificate No. 2 permitted the carriage of a total of 168 people. The Certificate No. 3 increased this to 200 people. No. 2 covered winter service and No. 3 the summer service. She had a cargo capacity of 10.900 cu. ft.

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