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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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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.

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 43 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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Napoleonic Prisoner of War Boxwood Cased Miniature Model
First-Rate Warship Model of High Quality and Escort Vessel

A pair of very fine miniature ship models, one a First Rate Warship, and the other her escort vessel are set atop a mirrored base, surrounded by a boxwood railing with carved finials, all set under a period glass dome case.

The models are made entirely of boxwood, including the rigging and sails made of very thin and delicate pieces which took a very steady hand to create. Each ship has an incredible amount of detail which can be seen in our photos on this page. Notice the fine ornamental touches throughout- the larger ship includes diamond patterns on the quarter galleries and gunwhales, a floral pattern with rope border on the sternboard and transom, and a repeat of the diamond pattern in several hatch covers on deck. The maker embellished the model further with finely painted highlights in red, green, blue and black with metal accents.

At the bow, a figurehead of a warrior, likely a Trojan or Roman given its attire, holds a shield with silver toned pattern. On deck, there is a curved bell tower and bell, and detailed capstan along with barrels and a pair of matching tenders amidships.

The escort ship echoes the design of the other vessel, with a diamond pattern on a hatch cover and insides of the railing, painted red. A pair of finely wrought anchors sits on both sides of each ship's bow.

The prisoner who made this model clearly had an extraordinary patience and steady hand. The photos make the detail elements appear large, but to view the model in person, these things are tiny to the unaided eye. It's an important model that is a marvel of construction and design.

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White Star Passenger Liner ALBERTIC
Full Dockyard Builders Model of Twin Screw Ship


An original White Star builders’ dockyard model, exceedingly rare and highly desirable, the Royal Mail Steamship ALBERTIC is a superior example of the level of craftsmanship, pride and importance the company put into their dockyard models. The attention to detail, scale and sheer impressive size all make this a special and historic artifact from the glamorous age of Transatlantic voyaging and consolidation of the Passenger Liner companies.

Built solid from the lower hull, the model is dressed in her full regalia, gold-plated fittings throughout. The large wood-framed glass case that holds the model on four elevated stanchions also has her original, dual ALBERTIC brass name plates, identifying her and her allegiance to the White Star. Three deck rise above her pale red to black-and-white paint, with portholes and ventilators covering the model extensively. Quite interesting to note the number of lifeboats in the post-Titanic era of the Liners, 18 on davits with 10 of those having another, collapsible boat stored beneath on deck. The main deck is partially exposed, but the passenger walks are enclosed up through the cabin structure. Another innovation are the increased number of dual hinged gangways and hatches on the hull, the primary ones having the accommodation ladders permanently attached.

The model was built in 1923 as the S.S. OHIO. The ship originated as the vessel S.S. Munchen by the North German Lloyd line, launched on March 23, 1920 but never sailed. It was surrendered to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., transferred as part of the War Reparations Scheme concluding World War I. As the OHIO, she began her maiden voyage on April 4, 1923 from Hamburg to Southampton, on to Cherbourg and New York. She ran this route until Oct. 1926. When the Royal Mail Co. acquired all the holdings of White Star Line in 1927, OHIO transferred and became the ALBERTIC under that banner, back under true English ownership. Sailing her first voyage on April 22, 1927 she left Liverpool for Quebec and Montreal. Her destinations over the next three years would include these ports as well as New York, Southampton, Havre, London, and Boston. The company modernized the original model at that time, making it now and forevermore, the ALBERTIC.

Every contrivance was designed to immediate accessibility and function, so the officers and crew would have the means at hand to answer the growing demand of first-rate passage across the Atlantic. The Liner would be capable of booking 229 1st Class, 523 2nd Class, and 690 3rd Class passengers for a voyage. At 590'9" Length with a 72' Beam and a 37'7" Depth, she was a large ship yet capable of significant speed with 220 lbs. of pressure from her quadruple expansion engines. One of the very last passenger ships to wear the White Star Buff Funnel, just prior to the Cunard-White Star-British Government merger of 1934, she served until 1933, and was eventually sold and broken up in Osaka, Japan in 1934. This epic large dockyard model is what remains of the glorious liner.

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