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By 1975 Harold had formulated the idea of a book “The Colonial Schooner”. Now retired, there were a number of projects underway. To test his building method on a large ship, Harold began to build a model of the Confederacy. He also worked on two schooners the Hannah and Halifax as well as the commission to build the Oliver Cromwell. At the 1975 NRG conference Harold gave a talk and displayed the hull of the Confederacy and the finished model of the Hannah. After the conference Harold made a trip to the Washington Naval Yard and while there offered to loan the museum his model of the Hannah. Eventually, he made the Hannah a permanent donation. In exchange for the model the History department sent Harold a 10 volume set of books titled “Naval documents of the American Revolution.
Part of the Oliver Cromwell commission was a set of scale plans, before this Harold drew only working plans for the schooners in the diorama. Drawing the Oliver Cromwell plans on 24 x 36 sheets started Harold producing large plans on all his model. Harold’s client was so pleased with the Oliver Cromwell he commissioned Harold to build a second model. Knowing Harold’s intention to write a book he suggested Harold pick a subject to fit into the book project, the Halifax was then selected. The second commission was a partial diorama and the Halifax surrounded on one side with a raised sheet of plastic routed out to look like water. A small boat was tied up alongside the schooner.

With the completion of the Halifax commission, Harold now had enough material to start his book. The weak point in the book was the lack of historical data. The schooner models were developed from plans in Howard Chapelle’s book. Hoping Howard could help in the research of the colonial schooners, Harold wrote to him and asked if he could visit. Howard replied he would be happy to see Harold. Harold drove to Tolland. After an afternoon visit Howard said everything he knew about the schooners were published in his book and he had nothing that could help in the search for historical information. Appearing in the English publication Model Shipwright there was an ad for research services in the public archives.

Harold contacted W.E. May RN ret. And this started a ten year relationship with commander May who after the war took the job as Deputy director of the National Maritime Museum. Retired from that position May offered research services. It was W.E. May who provided Harold with all the historical back round and log books on the schooners for his book. With the Hannah and Halifax models finished Harold set aside model building and devoted full time to the writing of his first.
The work of preparation for the book ‘The Colonial Schooner 1763-1775” was complete by the summer of 1978. It took a year to select a publisher and another two years before Harold had a finished book in his hands.

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