Great Britian

By: Donald McNarry, FSRA

British Steamship of 1843

Waterline model built in 1965 | Scale: 32’= 1”

Glazed case of burl walnut veneer: 17 1/2" L x 7 1/4" H x 7 1/8" W

A meticulous depiction of this state-of -the-art screw propelled iron-hulled steamship clearly exhibits the vessel’s incredible size and enormous open promenade deck for the trans-Atlantic passenger service in which it was employed. The motion of this waterline model also indicates how the use of sails had become passé showing them only in a furled-up formation to the seven masts. The large single funnel and boiler ventilation hatch just forward of a mid-ship denotes the designerand owner’s commitment to the future of steam propulsion fueled by Britain’s abundant supply of coal. The wonderful mahogany deck furniture that is esthetically placed is styled in the early Victorian fashion of the industrial era, and is highlighted by the two rows of rectangular skylights that border the large circular dome shaped light aft. Four lifeboats on davits and one large boat on deck forward was an initial attempt to provide a sense of passenger safety, though their limited capacity would not come close to saving every life should tragedy occur. The vessel is actually preserved today in Bristol, England.

The model’s hull has horizontal clinker plating per the vessel’s iron construction, some pierced with portholes indicating the location of staterooms. The vessel’s color format has black topsides with a light yellow false gunport band and natural wood decking. Besides the variety of skylights there are four large companion ways, substantial life rails, anchors, two capstans, binnacle, and its uniquely mounted horizontal ship’s wheel. The model’s decorative work consists of ornate quarter gallery windows, a windowed stern with a polychrome shield centerpiece, and at the bow another shield which is balanced by a unicorn and lion on either side of the stem.

Illustrated in the McNarry book: Ship Models in Miniature, #35,

Model type: Extreme Miniature, Waterline
Scale: 3/32" = 1' Scale
Size: 17 1/2" L x 7 1/4" H x 7 1/8" W
Class: A/Special
Code: IYRS 3806