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Half Hull Model of Maine Built Schooner Ca 1870

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Half Model of Maine Built Schooner Ca 1870

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HALF MODEL OF MAINE  BUILT SCHOONER Ca 1870

 

Half model of Maine built coasting schooner image

BACKBOARD 41" L x 8 1/4" H MODEL LOA 37 1/2" LOD 37 1/2" L X 5" BM x 6" depth Weight 13 Lbs.

Presented is a large antique builder's Display Style half model made from Mahogany and Pine for the backboard. Mahogany was rarely used for this purpose because of its expense. The result is that over the years, the model has taken on a magnificent patina of age which makes it something uniquely beautiful to behold.

Display models were used to commemorate the launching of the vessel and given to the owner, or may have be been used by the builder as a sales tool to show prospective customers.

This half model is clearly a three or four masted Maine built schooner that was popular in the late 1800's through WW I. They were primarily used to haul coal along the East Coast. They were able to remain in existence  in spite of the competition from steamers and power boats due to efficient power hoisting machinery, and many winches and small crews.

A typical Maine built coasting schooner of this type, Ca 1880 -1900's, would be 171' Length on Deck, with a beam of 34' and a draft of 20' and displace 748 tons.

Bottom of Maine built Schooner image

Bottom view of Maine built schooner
 
Lines of Maine schooner image

 Credit drawing to The History of American Sailing Ships, by Howard I. Chappelle, Bonanza Books, New York

It is remarkable how closely this half model's shape resembles that of this drawing!

 

Looking aft from the bow image
Looking forward from the stern image
  Looking aft and then forward. The shallow deadrise increases stowage. 

CONDITION: The half hull is in its original condition, with various imperfections, the worst of which is the small missing piece at the left corner of the frame.  There are the normal marks of age which include a few dings and scratches, all very minor and not too noticeable. The use of Mahogany for the ten lifts has resulted in a magnificent patina of age which is without equal. (See the section on Construction for further details) The workmanship is of a ship builder quality.

PROVENANCE: Bought in New England at auction. Formerly owned by a collector of marine antiques with a specialty in half hull models.

 

Close-up of bow section image
Close-up of midships section image
Close-up of bow image
  Close-up views of the foredeck, midships and stern deck.

THE GENESIS OF HALF MODELS: Half Hull models were carefully hand carved, and incorporated the latest in the designer's knowledge of which shape produced the fastest and most seaworthy vessel for the type cargo to be carried. The builder's models were made to loft the lines of a large size sailing vessel as the first step in the building process. There were other forms of half models which were used as a presentation piece to the owner, or as a record of the ship builder's accomplishments. To learn all about half models, you will enjoy our essay discussing their fine points on  this page. Go:  http://www.landandseacollection.com/id267.html 

Rear of backboard image
Rear of back board
           

Ref.  Howard L. Chapelle's “ The History of AMERICAN SAILING SHIPS“. 

Authentic, old, half hulls  are much admired, eagerly sought after, and the real ones in very limited supply.

CONSTRUCTION: This half hull is constructed of ten lifts of Mahogany and is mounted on a Pine backboard. There are no screws showing on deck so a thin deck laminate making a cap rail must be covering them. Old brads are used on the cutwater, the rudder's skeg and bowsprit to secure them in place.

 
 
Drawing of three masted Maine schooner image
Example of three mastedMaine built schooner
Credit drawing to The History of American Sailing Ships, by Howard I. Chappelle, Bonanza Books, New York
 
This antique builder's half hull model is a great gift or wonderful addition to your office, den or family room.

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