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Builder's Dockyard Model of a Steam Tender

A very rare builder's dockyard model of a steam tender from the 19th century luxury steam yacht Wintonia. The model is made in mahogany with plank on frame construction. Built to scale and in excellent condition, all original, with brass hardware and steam engine the model is housed in its original glass and mahogany case.

The luxury steam yacht WINTONIA was built by Day, Summers and Co. In Southampton, England in 1894 for her owner F.H. Putnam. She weighed 233 tons and measured 137' LOA x 19.2'B x 11.2'D.

Among the photographs of the model you can also see a detail of a painting of the Wintonia by Antonio DiSimone and an original photograph that were formerly in our gallery collection. These are not included in the piece but are shown for reference.

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Builder's Half Hull Model of the Mary Jose
Taken from the Builder's Shipyard

A fine builder's dockyard half hull model of the iron three masted sailing barque MARY JOSE. Built by Birrell Stenhouse & Co. of Dumbarton, England, she was completed in 1876 and launched on January 26th of the same year. Weighing in at 634 tons at a length of 177 feet, 29 ft. breadth and 17.5 ft depth, she was built as a cargo vessel.

She served her first owners, John Jose & Co of Perran-ar-Worthal, Cornwall for nearly twenty years before being sold to J.P. Calusen of Nordby, Denmark, where her name was changed to the Agda. In 1918, she was sold to Manuel G. Marron y Angulo of Havana, Cuba. A year later, she was came back to Europe under the ownership of Chemins de Fer de l'État Francais, Marseilles and was renamed GENEVRIER, until being decommissioned in 1926.

This model was constructed of lifts to aid in shaping the final ship's hull. The painted plaque on the lower right bears the name and location of her shipbuilders.

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Extremely Large Napoleonic Prisoner of War Bone Model of the H.M.S. CALEDONIA
120 Gun First Rate British Ship-of-the-Line

Ordered in 1797, the 120 Gun First Rate Ship-of-the-Line HMS CALEDONIA was launched in 1808 from Plymouth Harbor, taking to sea as Admiral Pellew's flagship in the Mediterranean.

CALEDONIA proved to be a very successful ship, and it was said that 'This fine three-decker rides easy at her anchors, carries her lee ports well, rolls and pitches quite easy, generally carries her helm half a turn a-weather, steers, works and stays remarkably well, is a weatherly ship, and lies-to very close.' She was 'allowed by all hands to be faultless'. In later years she was to become the standard design for British three-deckers.

The ship served the Royal Navy throughout her long life at sea, first as a battleship seeing action against the French in the early 1800's and decades later renamed DREADNOUGHT and docked at Greenwich for a time to serve as a floating hospital ship. She even participated as part of an experimental squadron testing new maritime strategies and technology.

The supreme sailing warships of their age, British Ships-of-the-Line were classified by the number of cannons they carried. Fewer than 18 in service at any point carried 100 guns or more to earn the first-rate designation. Considered a pinnacle artform of the ship modeling craft, bone ships made by prisoners during the Napoleonic Conflict are among the most collectible maritime artifacts to be identified.

This rare model is one of the largest POW bone models we have seen in 44 years of offering these models in our gallery

Model Dimensions: 45 Inches in Length Overall, Height 31 1/2 Inches, Depth 12 1/2 Inches, Hull approximately 27 3/4 Inches Long

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Full Builders Dockyard Model of Sister Tugs FLYING SWIFT and FLYING LINNET
Ferguson Brothers, Port Glasgow

Port Glasgow sits on the Clyde River, and has been major center of shipping since the late 1600’s. Set up as port for the nearby city of Glasgow, this was the last place seagoing ships could dock before sandbanks made further passage upriver impossible. A hundred years later, shipbuilding came to the area and by 1900, it was a major hub of the industry, with yards crowding the river banks.

It was in this setting that the four brothers of the Ferguson family launched their own shipbuilding company. The family leased a choice yard space next to Newark Castle on the Clyde and in March of 1903 Ferguson Shipbuilding Company was born. Their first order, two steam tugboats, the FLYING SWIFT and FLYING LINNET for the Clyde Shipping company. This builder's dockyard model of the tugs was likely the first thing to come out of their new venture.

Modeled in 1/4 in. scale and in outstanding condition, this rare model has recently had all fittings replated in gold, silver or copper. Displayed in her original glass and mahogany case, this is a striking piece of the model craft full of fine detail throughout, from the fire buckets on the cabin roof to the lights on her mast and deck, to the anchors and fittings on the bow and rear deck and more. Unusually, there are two presentation plaques, one at the bow and another on the port side, perhaps an extra effort for the yard's first commission.

Tugboats were the workhorses of the ocean and full dockyard models of historic tugs are rare and hard to find. Both of these vessels were very active bringing ships up and down the Clyde, to and from docks along the river. Details remain only for the Flying Swift, which launched on October 26, 1903 and operated for more than 50 years. A photo of the historic vessel is shown in the listing for reference purposes (not included).

Today the Ferguson Shipbuilders are the last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde, and the only builder of merchant ships on the river. Still in their original location next to Newark Castle, the yard is the last vestige of an industry which dominated the area, and Scottish life on the sea, for more than a century.

Hull Length: 29 Inches Long

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Live Steam Launch Ship Model BAT
20th Century Scratch-Built Model of Famous 1891 Vessel

Extremely fine workmanship went into this live-steam scratch-built 1/8 scale model in complete working order. It is a late-20th Century model of the Windermere Boat built by Brockbank from her first owner, Alfred Sladen, from his own design. Completed fitted out with a working engine and equipment, in is absolutely an artisan ship model, set in a heavy brass-edged glass case for display.

The hull is plank-on-frame, painted red below the waterline. Historically, BAT was the first ship ever steered by remote control, from the experiments of Isaac Story and Jack Kitchen. It is believed the first example of a vessel being controlled by radio. Found derelict at Bowness in 1966, she was rebuilt and now can be found in the Windermere Steamboat Museum. This epic British scratch-built live model is one of four known to have been built to this quality.

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Steam Racing Yacht SCUD of 1896
Cased Dockyard Builder's Half Block Model on Mirror

Streamlined and elegant, she may not look like today’s luxury speed yachts, but when she was built in 1896 the Steel Steam Yacht SCUD was “the fastest of her size afloat”. Built by John Samuel White Shipyard in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, SCUD was the well-appointed pleasure craft of known sportsman and yacht racer A.H.E. Wood, Esq. of Sudbourn Hall, Suffolk.

Designing for pure speed, White based SCUD’s hull on the sleek lines of early torpedo boats of the Royal Navy, down to her ram shaped bow under the waterline. The ship measured 85ft. in length with a beam of 10ft., 6 in. and depth of 5ft. 10in. She had one propeller, powered by a 530 horsepower steam engine, the steam being generated in a Blechynden water tube boiler. She was noted for having J.S. White's patented turn-about steering system with double rudders.

This finely crafted builder’s dockyard model of the SCUD was built at the same time as the ship itself, and is in outstanding condition and in its original case. The carved wood hull is laminated and with many silver plated fittings throughout. The life preservers bear the vessel’s name and her membership in the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, one of England’s premier racing clubs and home to the finest and most competitive vessels of the time.

Mounted on a face silvered mirror to give the illusion of a full view of the vessel, the addition of angled end mirrors allows the model to be viewed as if standing at stern or bow, to better to admire the ship’s lines. A wood name plate bears her name, shipyard, designer and owner. This fine representation of the SCUD was surely the pride of her owner when he was not aboard the yacht itself.

The June 1896 “Steamships, AN ILLUSTRATED MONTHLY SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL”, reported on SCUD’s steam trials at Stokes Bay: “(She) developed a speed of 20.25 knots an hour or 23.5 statute miles.” “The pressure at the trials was 200lbs., not quite full pressure. The revolutions of the triple expansion engines were 428 per minute. She has very much the appearance of a second-class torpedo boat, so far as her deck arrangements are concerned, and her bow and stern are of naval fashion. At the bow she carries a powerful electric searchlight. She is beautifully fitted below. The saloon and stateroom are aft, fitted with the electric light, and upholstered in royal blue and golden yellow. The crew are berthed forward. Running at over 20 knots there was hardly any vibration. The vessel commanded a good deal of interest amongst the yachting fraternity in the Solent.”

Wood wasn’t known for long ownership of his yachts, preferring to trade up to the latest technology for improvements in speed. SCUD was sold in 1898 to W.C.S. Connall who in turn sold her in 1902 to His Highness Sir Waghji Ravaji, Thakur Sahib of Morvi, an Indian prince in what is today’s State of Gujarat, India. Ravaji still owned her when SCUD was wrecked in 1909.

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