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Large Antique Cased Builder's Model of the 1909 Steamship "Ruahine"

 

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ANTIQUE BUILDER'S MODEL OF
1909 STEAMSHIP RUAHINE 

 

Starboard galley view of the 1909 Steamship RUAHINI model image
 

 Handcrafted Model of the New Zealand Steamship Liner!

 

Presented is a Cased Builder's Model of SS Ruahine, the second ship of this name built for the New Zealand Shipping Company Limited in 1909. The ship was 480 ft. between perpendiculars with a beam of  60 ft. and a draft of 35 ft. She displaced 10,580 tonns. The model's scale is 1/4 inch = 1 ft. and its size is 10 ½ ft.  It was sold in England to the current owner in late 1985.

COMPARABLE SALES: A recent 2015 sale in England of the similar cased model, 12 ft. 9.5 in. long, of the Mauretania sold for the astounding price of $253,135 to a London gallery. In September, 2015 in Boston, a near like size cased model of the ocean liner Imperator sold for about $43,000.00 including buyer's premium.

This model dates from 1909, and is approximately 10 ½’ (126”) and is housed in the original glazed Mahogany case which is 11 ½’ (138”) in length. Height of the model ship with mast is about 3 ft. The total height of the case is 4.5 ft.  It has been in the same collection since 1986 when it was purchased from the upscale antiques dealer, Langfords on Chancery Lane in London.  The ship carried cargo and passengers between England and New Zealand until 1949 when she was sold.

 

Three quarter view from the bow of the cased steamship Ruahine model image

 

THE NEWZEALAND SHIPPING CO. (NZSC) was a shipping line whose ships ran passenger and cargo services between Great Britain and New Zealand from 1873 through 1973.  A group of Christchurch businessmen, including Hugh Murray-Aynsley and John Coster, founded the company in 1873. The company gradually established a fleet of vessels, using Maori names for each. From 1875 the livery consisted of black hulls, white superstructure and yellow funnels.

In 1882, the company's ships were equipped with refrigeration. and a frozen meat service began from New Zealand to England. Company policy dictated a stop at Pitcairn Islands, in the Pacific, to break the monotony of the ocean crossing.

The builder's plaque of the SS Ruahine model image

The builder's name plate image

The William Denny & Brothers builder's plaque for the Steamship RUAHINE is at the bow and stern

CONDITION: Two lifeboats have fallen from their davits, and one lifeboat is askew and the rudder is down under the stern, laying at the bottom of the case as shown in the pictures.  All the parts are present.  Everything else is reported to be in very good to excellent condition as may be seen elsewhere.

The Ruahine's boat Decks deck showing eight lifeboats image

The lifeboat off its davits image

Top: showing seven lifeboats properly in their davits. Lower: showing two lifeboat down.

PROVENANCE: The owner is the patriarch of a distinguished American family listed in Forbes 400.  The model was sent to the U.S. where it was on display as the centerpiece of a nautical theme in a private dinner club for many years. Now new to the market for the first time in 30 years.

Picture of the actual ship image

Postcard of the ship image

Top: A picture of the Ruahine at a London dock. Below:  A postcard

PAINT SCHEME: The case of the ship is varnished Mahogany. As we interpret the finishes from the pictures taken through glass, the hull is painted black from the white boot top or water line to the main deck. From the white water line down there is a broad band of pink which in some pictures looks like orange paint and beneath that a dark red bottom paint. All decks are finished to look like teak planking.  The sides of all the deck level cabins or houses, but one, are painted white. There is a deck cabin under each of the two masts which are also painted white. The mast and booms are varnished wood. The cabins above the main deck which is the Boat Deck looks to be varnished Mahogany or brown and the second deck cabin sides are white.  Deck machinery such as donkey engines and housed anchors are black. Railings, ventilators, blocks are polished metal.

 

Ruahine's aft section image

Ruahin's foredeck image.jpg

Ruahini's bridge from the bow image

Except as noted, all sections of the ship model are in very good condition
 

The ship's name is painted on both bows and the stern carries the name and home port. Being a full ocean going passenger and cargo ship there are two main cargo thatches forward and two smaller cargo hatches near the stern. Adjacent to each set of hatches, are masts and booms that are rigged to donkey engines for hoisting and lowering cargo. From the large size windlass on the foredeck to the steering station aft, the model maker paid attention to detail such as the hand rails, port holes, ventilators and machinery. The hull rests on four turned brass pedestals making this a beautiful display.

THE SHIP RUAHINE: 

For full details see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Shipping_Company

PROVENANCE: Purchased in England in late 1985 from a tony London antiques dealer, Langfords on Chancery Lane in London, by the patriarch of a distinguished American family listed in Forbes 400. Sent to the U.S. where it was on display in a private dinner club for many years. Now new to the market for the first time in 30 years.

APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS of MODEL: LOA 10.5' L x 3' W x  4.5' H        Not weighed

This is a carefully made builder's model of a British Merchant Ship from the Turn of the 20th Century. It makes a worthwhile centerpiece of a marine collection or display.

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