Schooners were first used by the Dutch around the 17th century before becoming further developed in America during the 18th century. Schooners were considered a popular pirate ship because they were fast, sleek, and they could carry about eight cannons. In fact, Schooners were named for their ability to scoon or skim the surface of the water.
Jimmy begins the Schooner models with a simple drawing and then scratch built plugs of the hulls are made first. Then molds of the hull plugs are built; the hulls on display are made from these molds. For these particular ships, fiberglass is used instead of wood or plastic. All of our Schooners are built on a 1:32 scale (1 foot = 32 feet).