ANTIQUE BUILDER'S HALF HULL SHIP MODEL Ca 1900
Presented is a beautiful antique builder's model made to loft
the lines of a large size sailing vessel as the first step in the building process. Half Hulls were carefully hand
carved, and incorporated the latest in the designer's knowledge of which shape produced the fastest and most seaworthy
vessel. A comparison of various half hulls can trace the evolution of sailing craft design, and this one shows the sharply
hollowed bow, flat floor, rounded bilges and sharply tapered stern which is typical of the more advanced versions of ship
design of the 1880's. Consequently, half hulls are much admired, highly sought after, and the real ones in
very limited supply.
This half hull is constructed of nine lifts of wood, with a sheet
of thin cardboard between each layer. The lifts were made to be taken apart, and in this case, it was the cardboard shape
that was used as a template to lay off the lines on the floor. These were then enlarged to the vessel's full size in a process
that was called "lofting".
PROVENANCE: This hull is the work of a Nova Scotian
master shipwright who died in 1953. His ancestors moved to Lunenburg, Novia Scotia in 1716 from Germany. He was born
in Voglers Cove, Lunenbury County in 1880. In 1902 he went to sea as a fireman on the S.S. Dallas of U.S. Registry. After
a brief stint at sea, he started work as an apprentice in a shipyard in Lunenburg, Novia Scotia, a seaport city still
noted for its shipbuilding industry and sailing vessels. It currently is the homeport of the Schooner Bluenose II
and the Barque Picton Castle. The maker progressed through the ranks as a journeyman, and finally master shipwright in
Luneberg and in yards in Massachusetts where most of the U.S. large sailing vessels were built. In 1932, he moved to
Liverpool, another seaport town not too far to the West of Luneberg. He remained there until his death in 1953. The
model remained in his family in an unfinished state until offered for sale by his grand daughter. After serious deliberation,
we decided to finish the half hull in our shop in order to show it to the best advantage. Unfortunately, there is no record
of which ship this is, but it is clearly that of a large sailing vessel and can be either Canadian or American. We estimate the
model was made around 1900 when there was still a few large sailing vessels being built.
The ship model is 36 3/16" L x 4" W x 4
The backboard is 44 1/2 L x 10" W x 3/4" D
Weight 14 pounds.
CONDITION: The half hull is in near original restored condition, but
the hand work of knife and chisel that was used to shape it has been sand fair. From the water line up, it has been varnished
and from the water line down, it was finished in white Oak. There is some separation between the three lower lifts due to
a slight warping. If wanted, this could be corrected with some more small tapered dowels. There are three original dowels
securing the bottom lift. There is one tiny crack at deck level right at the transom which is not noticeable. The Mahogany backboard is a recent addition.There are a few dings and scratches on the hull, all very minor and not
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your
purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Returns
must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately,
no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.
bid for this unique builder's half hull model now! What a great gift for a person who has everything! What a great conversation
piece. What a great addition to your office, den or family room.
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first. We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, England, France,
Germany, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi
Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
SHIPPING & PACKING:
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additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be
reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days
of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us
for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due
to our error.
interesting large builder's model of a British or American merchant ship of the late 19th or early
20th Century in restored condition.
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