Caricature of the USCG Cable Ship Pequot by author and historian Gerald W. Butler

"Captain Bob"
One of the first photos Bob sent showed his initial work on the hull

In 2015 scale model builder "Captain Bob" Thommen of Prescott, Arizona contacted Pequot researcher Chip Calamaio about construction details provided on our "Design & Construction of the General Samuel M. Mills 1908-09" page. Over the next several years Bob would periodically send a photo or two of his progress in building a "Pequot Version" of the Mills based upon the original 1908 construction drawings we obtained from National Archives and the numerous photos of Pequot as a cable layer located throughout this website.

"Many months would go by then every so often Bob would send another photo of how his model was coming along," Chip explains. "Then a lot of time went by and I didn't hear anything from Bob."

This "work in progress" photo shows the hull and main deck painted and the superstructure being roughed-in.

"In the summer of 2017 I got a short email from Al Petroff, Bob's brother-in-law, asking if I was the guy that had helped Bob with his model. I learned that Bob had passed away and that he wanted me to have his last ship model. But nobody in his family knew my name, or even the name of the ship. After considerable on-line detective work looking at cable ships the family eventually found our Pequot website and my contact info. I'm so glad they did!"

"On August 1st 2017 I went up to Prescott, Arizona and was presented the Pequot model by Yavapai Scale Modelers Club President Al Weiss (on the left) and on behalf of the Thommen family, Bob's brother-in-law Al Petroff (on the right). I was blown away by the attention to detail that Bob put into the model as well as his craftsmanship."

Bob got a lot of detail about the Pequot from the main aerial photo of the ship on our homepage.

Starboard view. Click image to enlarge.

Bob used the 1908 Construction Drawings extensively to create an accurate scale model.

On the port side we see the additional life rafts added during WWII with their provisions, and the dory hanging by block and tackle on the stern. The 20mm (guns) were not visible in the photos Bob worked off.

Up front we see the cable winch, anchor chains and the stairs, cable hold, the companionway down to the crew quarters below. Note the attention to detail on wheelhouse and rigging.

Port view. Click image to enlarge.

Over the years scale model builders have contacted us from Britain, Yugoslavia, and other cities in the U.S. but we have never seen the results of their efforts before.

The Pequot's construction drawings are also featured on several model building websites including one in Russia.

In addition to our construction page, model builders can go here to download free drawings: http://freeshipplans.com/free-model-ship-plans/passenger-ship-plans/uscg-pequot-general-samuel-mills-plans

The Digital Artwork of Edoardo Siano

Click image to enlarge.

Edoardo Siano is a 3D modeler and texture artist who has developed beautiful digital renderings of the Pequot based off of images and drawings on our website.

With a traditional art background Edoardo graduated from the Gnomon School in Los Angeles in 2014 and has studied cinema before getting involved with digital arts.

A Native of Torino, Italy Edoardo has studied in Italy, Australia and Los Angeles. He has a passion for cinema and the visual arts.

You can see other examples of his artwork and animation on his website:

This dramatic render shows the Pequot at night. Click image to enlarge.
To view the animation go to:Pequot animation

Every effort has been made to trace and acknowledge copyright. The authors would welcome any information from people who believe their photos have been used without due credit.

Some photos have been retouched to remove imperfections but otherwise they are true to the original.


If you have comments or queries specifically about the Pequot or her Sister Ships, please contact
Chip Calamaio chipaz@cox.net, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (H) 602-279-4505.

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Research and design: Chip Calamaio and Richard Walding