I'm a lazy modeller and I'm builing a sectional layout with a large railroad pier as the central feature. If I can get it done this life-time (taking as many short cuts as possible) I'd like to build a waterline representation of a West Coast (USA) steam packet from the late decades of the 19th century in 1:48.
I use the word representation because I expect to condense the vessel both in lenght and beam. I'm looking for something as simple as possible and about 200 feet long. My pier mooring face is only 150 feet but there will be some dolphins to moor a ship of this size.
A kit would be great, but I expect that to be unrealistic, perhaps a kit bash might be possible. While I ask for 1:48, since the model will be at the rear of the railroad on the far side of the pier, I can be flexible if it looks right.