Jefferson Davis US Revenue Cutter – Bluejacket


Jefferson Davis US Revenue Cutter (BJ-K1051)

Jefferson Davis was one of the most famous of the swift patrol vessels. She is one of the Campbell class of 14 revenue cutters which has been described as the “ultimate Baltimore clipper,” square topsail schooners.

The Jefferson Davis quickly gained a reputation as a reliable and efficient merchant ship, making numerous voyages across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. However, its most famous voyage came in 1869, when it made the treacherous journey around Cape Horn to San Francisco, California. This was a remarkable feat, as most ships at the time would take the safer and shorter route through the Panama Canal. The successful voyage of the Jefferson Davis solidified its place in maritime history.

This is a plank-on-frame model for well experienced modelers.

The rugged 1/4″ basswood frames are closely spaced as in actual ship construction allowing plenty of bearing surface for a smooth planking job.

The frames are pre-beveled to ensure easy clamping and a fair lay to the planking.

This is an impressive and beautiful model.

Length 35-1/2″ / Scale 7/32″

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The Jefferson Davis measured a staggering 250 feet in length and was constructed entirely out of wood, with a combination of oak and pine being used for the hull. This wooden construction gave the ship a classic and elegant appearance, resembling the iconic ships of the Golden Age of Sail. However, what set the Jefferson Davis apart from its contemporaries was its innovative design and advanced technology.

The ship was equipped with four masts, each towering over 100 feet high. This allowed the ship to carry a vast amount of cargo and sail at impressive speeds, making it a popular choice among merchants. What truly made the Jefferson Davis stand out was its unique propulsion system. Instead of relying solely on wind power, the ship also had a steam engine, making it one of the first hybrid ships of its time. This allowed for greater flexibility and reliability, as the ship could power through calm waters or unfavorable winds.

The interior of the Jefferson Davis was just as impressive as its exterior. The ship could accommodate up to 150 passengers, with luxurious cabins and amenities that rivaled those of a five-star hotel. The ship also had a spacious dining area, a grand ballroom, and even a small library for passengers to relax and unwind during their journey.