David W. Dillion Collection

Ships Plans Collection 129


Overview of the Collection

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Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library

Mystic Seaport Museum

Creator: Dillion, David W.
Title: David W. Dillion Collection
Extent: 37 drawings, representing 15 designs
Abstract: Plans for small boats including skiffs, peapods, Rangeley boats, pulling boats and a Bindals boat.
Identification: Coll. 129

Biography of Dillion, David W.

David W. Dillion was an engineering draftsman before establishing a career as a freelance boat documentation specialist. He measured and drew more than seventy boats up to a hundred feet in length and taught lines-taking at the WoodenBoat School and half a dozen maritime museums across the United States. His plans have been published in WoodenBoat and other periodicals. He was the major contributor to the Museum Small Craft Association’s publication Boats, A Manual for Their Documentation.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Ships Plans Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Ships Plans Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is not included in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers who are interested in finding library material about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Small Boats

Ship’s Plans

Document Types:

Ship’s plans

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 129, Ships Plans Division, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection. The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection. See thumbnails of plans in links below.

Boat designs;
Wsp 129.1    North Haven Peapod, 13’x 3’‑10″.  Carvel plank. 2 sheets.
WSP 129.2   Nova Scotia Gunning Skiff, 14’‑9″ x 4’‑2”.  Carvel plank, double ender.  Carried sail but not with boat. Sort of a Northern version of Delaware Ducker. No centerboard. 3 sheets.
Wsp 129.3   Five Islands Skiff, 15′ x 4’‑5″.  Round hull, transom stern, carvel plank. 2 sheets.
WSP 129.4   Abaco Dinghy.  Owned by Lance Lee, carvel plank, transom stern. No centerboard. 3 sheets.
WSP 129.5   Bindals Boat, 15′-10″ x 4′-3″.  Danish built on the Norse style. Owned 1985 by James S. Rockefeller, Jr. Study plans only to show how boat is built. No lines or offsets. 2 sheets.
WSP 129.6   Whitney Gunning Float duck hunting boat for oar or scull, 15’‑7″ x 48″. Carvel plank, transom stern. A builder’s own boat with all the gimcracks shown on the plans. 3 sheets.
WSP 129.7   Rangeley Boat, Herb Ellis No. 2, 17′ -2″ x 4′-2″.  3 sheets.
WSP 129.8   Whitehall pulling/sailing boat built by Mr. Orvil Young during 1968-69 as a recreational boat for the schooner Roseway of Camden, ME, 16′-3″ x 4′-5″.  Based on fig. 73 of Chapelle’s American Small Sailing Craft. Carvel planked. 3 sheets.
WSP 129.9   Rangeley Boat, Herbert N. Ellis #3 Rangeley Boat.  Herb Ellis’ wide transom attempt to make a more stable outboard version. 1 sheet.
WSP 129.10    Westport Sharpie Firefly, 12’‑3″x 4’‑4″.  Skiff built, flat bottom cross planked, centerboard, two planks a side.  3 sheets.
WSP 129.11   Lighthouse Peapod, 14’‑2 “x 4’‑8”.  Carvel planked. 2 sheets.
WSP 129.12   Matinicus Peapod, Sailing, 15’‑0″ x 4’‑6″.  Based on John Gardner plans. As built by the Rockport Apprenticeshop. Lapstrake with centerboard. 3 sheets.
WSP 129.13   Creole Skiff Gibben Dupre, 17′-9″ x 4′-9″. Built by Alexander Giroir at Pierre Part, La. in 1934. Owned by Gibben Dupre.  3 sheets.
WSP 129.14   Canoe by J.R. Robertson, 15′ x 30″.  Built at Auburndale, Mass. in the early 1900s. Lapstrake construction.  2 sheets.
WSP 129.15   Rushton canoe Ugo, 16′ x 30″.  Smooth skin lapstrake.  2 sheets.