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Deck Boat Princess

Princess

Built in 1904, Princess is a very early example of a Chesapeake Bay, deadrise deck boat. Unlike buyboats that were to follow later, the pilothouse on Princess was built on the floor of the hull and the deck was built around it. As well, she had an open hold, The builder, Perry Rogers, is shown on the deck in the photo above. He lived and worked in Shady Side, MD. Princess was used for net fishing and for oystering. She was said to be 40 feet long with an 8-foot beam. She also had a tuck stern, which was an innovation by Mr. Rogers. The above photo is the only one known to exist. The boat itself is long gone.

September, 2022

The first problem with building this boat is the fact that there are no plans. I don't profess to be a naval architect, so drawing my own plans was a bit of a challenge. I was lucky enough to be able to consult with a friend and outstanding ship modeler, Roland Griffin. Over the course of several meetings and phone calls, I came up with a set of plans that we both agreed seemed reasonable. There is, of course, no way to know for sure since the real boat no longer exists. As Roland would often say, "There's no one around anymore who can say we're wrong!" So, perhaps it's best to just call it an example of an early deck boat as inspired by Princess.

August 30, 2022

Molds, keelson, keel, inner stem, and inner transom cut out and laid up on the build board. Got the chine log and a side plank glued on by Sept. 2nd.

Keel & Molds
Keel & Molds
Keel & Molds
Keel & Molds

September 4, 2022

Bottom planking is partially completed.

Bottom Planking
Bottom Planking
Bottom Planking
Bottom Planking

September 15, 2022

All the planking is done.

Planking
Planking
Planking
Planking

September 21, 2022

Covering boards and deck beams are all in place.

Deck Beams
Deck Beams
Deck Beams
Deck Beams

September 22, 2022

Spent the whole day working on the fore and aft bulkheads for the hold. LOTS of angles to deal with!

Fwd Bulkhead
Fwd Bulkhead
Aft Bulkhead
Aft Bulkhead

September 27, 2022

I've been planking the deck the past couple of days. I just got the shoe on the keel this afternoon. Haven't gotten to the stem yet. Next will be the rub rails and coamings.

Deck Planking
Deck Planking
Port Side
Port Side