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IMPORTANT SAILOR MADE BLOCK MODEL OF U.S. NAVY DESTROYER, Ca 1920
PRESENTED is a scratch built model of a
member of the famous, "Between the Wars", Clemson Class of flush-deck Four Stack destroyers. The class is famous because
nineteen of these ships were loaned to Great Brittan at the beginning of WW II, and earlier, fourteen of this classes' ships
ran aground and seven were lost in the infamous Honda Point, California incident in 1923. The example offered is of the
U.S. Navy Clemson destroyer, U.S.S. Preston, DD 327,
Because of the exactness of it scaling and attention to the most minor detail,
the model had to have been made by one of her more experienced crew members. It is constructed mostly of
wood, with some metal parts such as stanchions, propeller guards, shafts and props, and ladder rings with the rigging
made of thread. This model is exceptional because of the near exactness of its 105:1 scale, and the extensive attention to
detail exhibited. As an example, all the doors and hatches are hinged and therefore open, and there is a life ring fitted
on the port aft quarter. Of special interest is the single carved figure of a sailor, more than likely representing the
model maker. These are things rarely seen on even the most advanced models.
Block models of this type, were made as a spare time occupation of sailors
at sea. They varied in their exactness to the ship's design since plans were not available and the quality of the workmanship.
However, the sailors were exacting in the placement of the vessel's gear, equipment and rigging, and in this case
armament. This is one of the finest examples we have seen and is in remarkably good condition with everything in place
except for one of the four stacks.
Port midships section and
After deckhouse and emergency steering
Starboard midships and whaleboat
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MODEL CONSTRUCTION: This fully armed and rigged full model
in "haze grey" with a red bottom and black boot top sits on a recently added stand. The hollow hull is made from four
lifts of wood with a wood deck over. The ship has all the deck detail of the original starting with her twin anchors and windlass
on the foredeck with her first 4 inch gun mounted in front of her bridge. Hinged passageway doors are on either side leading
to well deck which gives access to the bridge and main deck house. The main mast with cross tree, crows nest, and detailed
ladder is fully rigged. Missing is the second stack which mounted on a plate that became the upper deck of the main deck
house. Next are the two remaining stacks with a whaleboat on metal davits to starboard and the carved figure of a single sailor
looking aft to port. There are two opening skylights next aft with twin 21 inch torpedo tube mounts on either side. At midships
is platform structure with two search lights mounted on its top, a whaleboat hung in davits to port and the captain's gig
rigged to starboard. All the davits have "strong backs" in place to secure the boats from moving in a seaway. Further aft
are the two remaining 21 inch torpedo mounts with a single dual purpose 3 inch gun in between. The aft masts secures to the
leading edge of the aftermost deckhouse which has an emergency steering station and a anti aircraft gun on top. On the stern
is the aft 4 inch gun and two depth charge racks. Metal propeller guards are on wither side of the fan tail adds further realism.
CONDITION: The model is estimated to be approximately 85 years
old. It is in exceptional "original" condition. Expect to see some minor age crackling of the paint, mostly along the water
line. The only exception are that the top of the main mast was broken years ago, and a pin inserted to hold the
glued 3 inch section in position. There also is a fluke missing from one of the anchors, and the top deck over the deckhouse
aft of the bridge and second smoke stack is missing. None of this distracts from the over all exceptional looks and workmanship
of this important model.
Model 36" L x 16" H x 3" W
Weight 14 pounds
HISTORY: CLEMSON CLASS DESTROYERS
||19 July 1919|
||7 Aug 1920|
||13 April 1921|
||1 May 1930|
||sold for scrap, 1932|
||6 Nov 1931|
||314 feet 5 inches|
||31 feet 8 inches|
||9 feet 10 inches|
||122 officers and enlisted|
||4 4", 1 3", 12 21" tt.|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Clemson class was a series of 156 which served with the United States Navy from
after World War I into World War II.
The Clemson class ships were commissioned by the United States Navy from 1919 to 1922,
built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation and the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, some with alarming speed. The Clemson class
was a redesign of the Wickes class, and was the last pre-WWII class of flush-decker destroyers to be built for the United
States. Fourteen ships of the class were involved in the Honda Point Disaster in 1923, of which seven were lost. Most never
saw wartime service, as many were decommissioned in 1930 and scrapped as part of the London Naval Treaty. However, Nineteen
were transferred to the Royal Navy in 1940 as part of the Destroyers for Bases Agreement where they became part of the Town
class. Others were upgraded or converted to high-speed transports or seaplane tenders and served through World War II.
The fourth USS Preston (DD-327) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy
following World War I. She was named for Samuel W. Preston.
Preston was laid down 19 July 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco,
California; launched 7 August 1920.
She decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 May 1930 and was assigned to the
Norfolk Navy Yard for strength tests. Her name was struck from the Navy List 6 November 1931 and on 23 August 1932 her hulk
was sold for scrap.
This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting
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