Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Fair American

The schooner Fair American was purchased by Commodore Isaac Chauncey at Oswego, N.Y., in October 1812. She was fitted out for service on Lake Ontario, and Lieutenant Walcott Chauncey placed in command.

Fair American and the other ships of the squadron passed the winter of 1812-13 at Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., then cruised Lake Ontario in support of land operations in the area. After landing General Dearborn and some 1,700 soldiers at York (Toronto), Ontario, on 27 April 1813, Fair American and the other ships of the squadron opened heavy cannonade on the forts of the town. The United States troops took possession of the town that same day, while the squadron captured a British schooner, 28 cannon, and large quantities of ammunition.

Fair American continued cruising the lake, transporting troops and protecting other shipping until December when, the squadron was laid up again at Sacketts Harbor. In 1814 Fair American was converted into a transport and for the remainder of the war, was used to carry troops and supplies for the Army. She was sold at Sacketts Harbor on 15 May 1815.

On 8-28-05 I started my first plank-on-frame model, the Fair American, from a kit by Bob Hunt, Lauck Street Shipyard. It’s a Craftsman Style kit, meaning that it supplies high quality parts milled from billets using a process called Computer Numeric Control. The plans for the kit were drawn by Clayton A. Feldman, in May, 2005.

It is a museum quality “admiralty” style model, meaning the focus is on the hull and will not be fully rigged.

If I live long enough and don’t screw up, it should eventually look like this: