by: Lloyd McCaffery
British Expeditionary Bark of 1764; Full-hull model built in 2004; Glazed case with oak burl veneer
This well-appointed and ingenious model with its variety of ornate decorations seems almost a contradiction to the actual ship’s ordinary soot-ensconced, filthy work-boat origin as a simple collier. However, the vessel’s full lines made it suitable to be converted for expedition and survey work. It could carry large amounts of provisions, could be handled by a moderate size crew, and given its heavy stalwart flat bottom design, could even endure accidental grounding. These elements are wonderfully visible due to the clever engineering of this model. It draws you into the story of its voyage under the command of Captain James Cook, as it acknowledges the success of this amazing piece of naval architecture and how it proved historically significant, for in the end it enabled the first comprehensive mapping and discovery of significant land areas in the Pacific.
The model is depicted in a full-hull presentation with its starboard side fully planked-in and treenailedin natural-wood finish with a black main wale. This hull side also has a section of lower planking removed, which permits a view of its closely aligned framing. The deck shows all appropriate gear and furniture, as well as having some planks removed, exposing beams and related construction elements. It has fourteen work-action figures about the deck and below. On deck amidships is stowed its ship's boat on gallows booms and it too has hull planks removed to examine its sturdy construction. The vessel carries all fittings and armament per the naval requirements. The port side is constructed to expose the interior arrangements and deck levels. It has carved lanterns as well as carved scroll
work on the taffarel, counters, quarter badge windows and decorative stern. The model is accurately bark rigged per the period.
Model type: Extreme Miniature, Cut-away
Scale: 1/16" = 1'
Size: 12 1/2” L x 12” H x 8 1/4” W
Code: IYRS 3813