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SS Beaverford, or 'Scheer Carnage' 5th Nov 1940
After the AMC Jervis Bay, the sole escort for Convoy HX84 was sunk by the German Pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer. Captain Hugh Pettigrew of the Canadian Pacific Line ship SS Beaverford, knowing the ships possition was hopeless, headed Beaverford towards the enemy. Armed with only two old pre. WW1 guns for anti submarine protection. Capt. Pettigrew hoped to delay the Scheer, to allow at least some of the convoy to survive. In the darkness Beaverford managed to evade and harry Sheer for almost 5 hours. After Mumerous hits from the pocket Battleship's guns Beaverford was finally sunk by two torpedoes from Scheer. There were no survivors!.
I have used a bit of Artistic License here as it was more or less dark by the time the action began, so this is at the start. While researching this picture, I found several paintings of Jervis Bay and San Demetrio from this action. Now there is one of Beaverford.
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Exceptional Jim... wonderful color.
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Hi Vegaskip,
I have a question. In your researches did you learn what colour the decks of the Beaverford were?
The reason I ask is that I am about to start on building a radio-controlled sailing model of the vessel. I know the various colours of hull, superstructure, and funnel, but not the decks.
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I'm sorry I didn't get that information, although from experience I would think most decks would be Red Lead or a colour close to it. Boat decks and Bridge, wood or Wooden Gratings. Have you tried contacting the company or their successors, also builders or Museums.
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I have obtained copies of the builder's plans from the National Maritime Museum, but they contain no information regarding deck colour. You are correct about the boat deck and bridge, which were planked with Douglas fir with teak margin planks and waterways.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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You could also try Glasgow Transport Museum, as she was built in Glasgow there might be a builders model among their extensive collection.
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Thanks, Jim, I'll give them a try,
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I love the history you always provide with your paintings! And of course, the paintings are great too!
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Thank you Lea, the story is very important to me in my paintings.
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Great work!
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Hi Jim,
I contacted Glasgow Riverside Museum with the question but, sad to say, have not received a reply. In which case I think your suggestion of red lead for the deck colour is appropriate.
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Sorry to hear they haven't replied Roy, quite common of large organisations these days.
I think I'd go with either Red Lead or dark grey, and if any one tells you it is wrong, ask them to prove it and 'hey presto' you have the answer to all your enquiries.
Remember to post a pic of the model.
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Hi Jim,
An update. I had the model in the water some time ago and it performed as well as expected.
I have just completed the aft deck, as the picture shows. I used a Humbrol model paint for the deck which I think is a good representation of red lead.
I'm hoping to get the forward decks completed around year end. I have most of the part complete and painted already. Unfortunately, with our winters, I think it will be May or June before I can get it onto the water again.
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I guess I didn't attach the image correctly. Let me try again.

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First class model Roy certainly fitting fo the brave souls who went down in her.
Here is a reminder of her epic story and my interpretation of it.
Jim

SS Beaverford, or 'Scheer Carnage' 5th Nov 1940
After the AMC Jervis Bay, the sole escort for Convoy HX84 was sunk by the German Pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer. Captain Hugh Pettigrew of the Canadian Pacific Line ship SS Beaverford, knowing the ships possition was hopeless, headed Beaverford towards the enemy. Armed with only two old pre. WW1 guns for anti submarine protection. Capt. Pettigrew hoped to delay the Scheer, to allow at least some of the convoy to survive. In the darkness Beaverford managed to evade and harry Sheer for almost 5 hours. After Numerous hits from the pocket Battleship's guns Beaverford was finally sunk by two torpedoes from Scheer. There were no survivors!.
I have used a bit of Artistic License here as it was more or less dark by the time the action began, so this is at the start. While researching this picture, I found several paintings of Jervis Bay and San Demetrio from this action. Now there is one of Beaverford.
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