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DISCONTINUED  APRIL 2008
       
FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD!
 
 
AMISTAD DIMENSIONS: 28 1/2" L x 24 1/4" H x 5 3/8" W   WEIGHT 2 lbs
PRICE $277.95.00 
SHIPPING AND HANDLING TO 48 STATES $10.00
 
 

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Presented is the finest plank on frame wood model we have ever introduced. Superlatives do not do justice to the elegance of this handsome tops'l schooner that plied the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as a Slave Trader until she ws 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.
 
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.
 

 

If you've been browsing through all the boat models offered on ebay, you will be hard pressed to find something that represents boats that are executed as nicely overall. You can spend a lot more money for so called museum quality detailing, but you can get the same satisfaction from our new line of low cost models. In addition to this model of the AMISTAD, we have examples of the J Class, Rainbow, Endeavour and Ranger, and offer the Schooners Adventuress, Atlantic, America, two sizes of Bluenose, and Wawona, two Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks, the much admired Herreshoff 12.5, a Friendship sloop, and S&S's Dorade and Odyssey. The Marshall Sanderling and Beetle catboats, a Classic 1920-30 motor yacht, and the Garwood Speedster. Please read about them on this site.

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.
 

OUR GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: 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, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.

 
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 feet
Beam                               19 feet
Draft                                   7 feet
Gross Tonnage                       80  
 
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.

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