‘A great winter pastime’

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Stan Angell found his retirement niche in building replica ships

Stan Angell of Kippens has found his retirement wintertime niche in the building of replica ships, his latest being the Titanic.

Stan Angell of Kippens stands behind his replica of The Titanic, which he completed recently. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star

For the past decade he has been building various models and the Titanic was his biggest venture to date, with close to 2,000 hours spent on building the 68  inch long, one-foot wide and 30 inch high keel to mast tip ship.

The original ship was 882 feet in length and 125 feet high. While he took an overall scale off the Internet, the replica is not all to scale as he said there was some guesswork that went into the construction.

Angell said the only true model of the Titanic, built to scale, that he read about is 18 feet long and took seven years to build.

His replica is completely planked with pine, which is used throughout including all the decks. He handcrafted all the parts, including the propellers. Even the intricate work, like the painting, was all done by brush.


Building for 10 years

“I started (building replicas) about 10 years ago after I retired, and it’s a great winter pastime,” he said.

His summers are usually filled with visiting family, going fishing or going to his cabin in the interior of the island, but in winter, his daily routine takes him out to his workshop where he lights up the wood stove, rolls up his sleeves and starts the tedious work.

“I have lots of patience for this and don’t even notice the hours passing by when I’m at it. It keeps you occupied,” he said.


Time for other interests

Now that he has this particular project completed, the remainder of this winter will be dedicated

to ice fishing and his other interests.

During the past decade he has built seven scaled replicas of the Canadian fishing and racing schooner the Bluenose, one of the SS Kyle, which he built from referencing a picture on a calendar, and several of the Linda May, a banker schooner.

His next project will be refurbishing some boats owned by a friend of his, Patty Mulrooney Sr., before he starts a new project, whatever that might end up being.

Angell said there are times when friends drop by his workshop to see how things are progressing.

“Sometimes they make comments, but that’s when I remind them who is building the boat,” he said with a laugh.

Angell said at one time he built a few full-sized 16-foot fishing flats for use in ponds, but there wasn’t a market for them, so he stopped building them.

While he has sold some of his replicas, he has also given some of them to family members.

As to what will happen to the Titanic, Angell said he at this point he’s unsure.



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