PRESENTED is the finest plank on frame
wood models we have ever introduced which is now available in an enlarged size. This is a larger version of our regular
Amistad. It is being reintroduced in limited quantities, and at a special reduced price, but with no change
It is perfect for a larger size room, or as an accent
piece on a large table. Superlatives do not do justice to the charm of this handsome tops'l schooner that plied the waters
of the Atlantic Ocean as a Slave Trader until she was brought to justice by the U.S. Revenue Cutter, Washington, in
1839. Before her capture, Amistad was a Cuban trading schooner, built to a design of the famous Baltimore Clippers of that
day. The ensuing saga which included a mutiny, a Supreme Court Trial with former president, John Quincy Adams, as
the defense counsel had all the ingredients to make both a movie and a full size reproduction. Steven Spielberg produced
the former in 1997, and Amistad America, Inc. financed the building of the replica at Mystic Seaport where the New Amistad
was launched in 2000. Our model is based on approved plans and a donation is made with the
sale of each model.
The LARGER SIZE Model is huge: L.O.A.=
45 1/2" (with bowsprit) Height=38" (base to the top of mast) Beam is a full 8 1/4". The model weighs 6 pounds.
REGULAR SIZE: L.O.A. = 25 1/2" (with bowsprit) Height=
24 1/4" (base to top of mast) Beam 5 3/8" Weight 2 1/4 lbs
Both are replete in the same details spare none. Its stitched sails, and enameled black hull
paint, white trim stripes and gold American Eagle figurehead are exceptional. These contrast to advantage to the varnished
gloss bottom which shows the individual planking in detail.
Don't forget that we are the source for full hull models of the Schooners Adventuress, Atlantic,
America, two sizes of Bluenose, the three master, Wawona, a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, the much admired Herreshoff 12.5, the
New York 30 and the famous "S" Boat. A Friendship sloop, and S&S's Dorade and Odyssey. The Marshall Sanderling and Beetle
catboats. In motorboats, we offer Chris Craft's Barrel Back, 1942 Twin Cockpit runabout, a Triple Cockpit
runabout, and the 17 foot Utility. In other motor vessels we have the GarWood Speedster, a classic 1920 motor yacht, a lobster
boat, and a 1926 Dreamboat. In sailboats we have the Crosby cat, the Marshall 18, and Beetle cats, two different sizes of
the Schooner Bluenose and the Gertrude L. Thebaud. Our collection of J Class includes Rainbow, Endeavour, Enterprise, Shamrock,
each as full models or half hulls.
Please don't confuse our models with others you see on
the internet. All MODELS are NOT CREATED EQUAL. There is no comparison to our replicas at near this price. Before
you buy, make sure to look at all photographs carefully. Ours will show a model of unparalleled quality and faithfulness
to the original builder's plans. Give-always are the rake of the masts, the proportions of the hull and bow, and the
cut and fit of the sails. If you're in doubt, email us! We have earned the reputation of providing high quality models of
boats best known and loved by American sailors at a reasonable price that will give you lasting enjoyment, and pride of ownership.
BRIEF HISTORY OF SCHOONER AMISTAD:
The saga started on the distant shores of west Africa in 1839
when 53 Africans were captured and sold into the transatlantic slave traffic. They were transported to Cuba where they were
falsely registered as Cuban born slaves. Importing slaves to Cuba was already illegal. They were bought by two Spanish traders,
Jose Puiz and Pedro Montez who decided to transport them to a different part of the Island aboard the schooner La Amistad.
The Amistad was by no means, the pride of the sea, having served for many years as a coastal cargo hauler, it was ill-equipped
to transport humans. The voyage was quite harsh, made worse by the reported sadistic treatment of the ship's captain and the
cook, who told the captives that they were going to be killed and eaten. On the third day out, fate provided a chance and
a 25 year old rice farmer named Cinque, who was the son of an African tribal chief lead a revolt aboard ship. The Captain
died in the fighting, the cook was killed. Amazingly, with little or no experience at sea travel, the newly freed Africans
sailed north, along the American coast during which time they made some 30 stops for food and water without interference.
But their odyssey came to an end near Long Island, New York, when they were seized by the USS Washington and towed to New
London, CT. Soon it was common knowledge that the crew had killed the captain and seized the ship and although no crime had
been committed in US waters, they were charged with piracy and murder. They were subsequently transferred to the New Haven
jail for their trial. However the inevitable, as described in the New York Times, was not to be. Former U.S. President John
Quincy Adams stepped into the ring and presented a defense. Continuing his court arguments into the appeal process, Adams
found himself standing before the United States Supreme Court in defense of his clients. Here he successfully argued that
the defendants were free men of color, transported against their will and thus had a right to resist by any means available.
With the Supreme Court's decision, the would-be slaves found themselves free men in America. In 1841, some three years later,
the 35 surviving members of this epic tale returned to their homeland in Africa, and the landmark decision of the Supreme
court took its rightful place in American history. Later, the vessel was granted U.S. Registry and briefly served in
the Caribbean Trade until sold to French Owners.
THE NEW AMISTAD is a symbol of the famous incident, and tells
the story of the life and conditions of those involved. The ship serves as a floating class room when in port, telling
the story of capture, enslavement and trial. After the story is told, the crew sails off again to another port of call
to start the process over again. In order to comply with USCG Regulations, the new ship is larger than the original due
to space devoted to an engine room and bulkheads to insure watertight integrity. It has a crew of 11, and is under the
management of Amistad American Inc. The story, the ship, and the people who tell it create an image of our past. If you're
around the Atlantic coast and happen to see that the Amistad is anchored near by, go see it. It is a great piece of American
History. Interested in learning their latest ports-of-call? Try: http://www.amistadamerica.org/.
ORIGINAL AMISTAD SPECIFICATIONS per Mystic Seaport research:
Length on deck 72
Gross Tonnage 80
MODEL L 45 1/2"
(with bowsprit) x H38" (base to the top of mast) x W 8 1/4". The model weighs 6 pounds.
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: To save cost, this model is shipped with its masts
down. Because of the amount of rigging, and sails, this model is best suited for someone with some model building or
sailing experience in more complex rigged boats. It is not a good choice for a beginner. The detailed instructions are excellent,
and the sails have numbered stickers on them. If you have a problem, email or call us for guidance.