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TBeyer Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

Some time ago I saw a topic on TMP referencing an online store called 'The Terrain Shed', I remember they had a ruined tower and also a colonial-style warehouse that I might be able to use for a pirate scenario. The models were paper or MDF. Unfortunately I have been unable to find that website or store name, I even looked under the list of manufacturers. Any help would be appreciated, thanks! Tom

attilathepun47 Inactive Member07 Mar 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

Hi Blutarski,

Since you are so fond of the engagement of the U.S.S. Essex with H.M.S. Phoebe and Cherub, I thought you might like an historically based alternative scenario. In fact, Phoebe had sailed on 8 July 1812 from Rio de Janeiro bound around Cape Horn in company with Cherub and a sister ship of the Cherub named Racoon (often spelled Raccoon at the time). They were escorting the Isaac Todd, a letter-of-marque belonging to the North West Company of Montreal. The Isaac Todd was bound for the mouth of the Columbia River to seize Fort Astoria, the American fur trading post established the previous year. The Isaac Todd was a very slow ship and became separated from the warships on passage. Therefore, the Racoon was detached from the squadron at the Galapagos and went on to the Columbia alone, while the other ships went hunting for the Essex.

It is easy to imagine a scenario of the Phoebe becoming disabled through some mischance on passage, leaving the two sloops of war to hunt the Essex. That would make for a far more evenly balanced fight, since the sloops only mounted a pair of six-pounder long guns apiece as bow chasers. In fact the Essex would have a very slight advantage in weight of broadside (1352:1336 pounds) over the two sloops' combined weight of broadside. An engagement would call for very careful tactics on both sides.

Historical Postscript: The Racoon made it to the Columbia, only to find that local representatives of the North West Company had purchased Fort Astoria from the Americans, depriving the Racoon of her expected prize money. On departing the Columbia the Racoon struck bottom twice on the notoriously dangerous bar, tearing off some twelve feet of her keel at the bow. Unable to turn back against the combined power of wind and river current, the Racoon was forced to make for San Francisco Bay, the nearest inhabited port of refuge, 600 or more miles away. Amazingly, she made it, her crew exhausted from continuous desperate pumping. There she encountered the tardy Isaac Todd, which assisted in making repairs. Some 160 years later, a winter storm exposed the broken off length of keel on Clatsop Spit, still bearing copper plating bearing the broad arrow marks of British Crown ownership. It now resides in the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member07 Mar 2018 10:38 p.m. PST

Egad, I've been bugged!

Pyrate Captain08 Mar 2018 5:40 a.m. PST

Did anyone ever mention the supplier of the MDF building?

TBeyer Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

Hi Pyrate Captain, unfortunately all the info I have is that I jotted down on a piece of paper 'Terain Shed ruined tower and pirate storehouse' – although I don't think it was specifically sold as a 'pirate' storehouse, it might just have been a 28mm Spanish, Italian, or Colonial storehouse I thought would pass as a pirate storehouse for a scenario I had. Sorry that is all the info I had, but I have been searching TMP looking for 'Terrain Shed' with no luck.

Gandydancer16 Mar 2018 7:16 a.m. PST

I found a website called that sells, or, I should say sold MDF terrain. It was mentioned on link A comment somewhere else said that it was a sister site to When I tried going to the terrain shed site I got the message from Shopify that said this shop was unavailable. You might try contacting the folks at Bendyboards. Good luck.

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