STEAM COLLIER “STELLING”, 1876
WILLIAM CORY & SONS, LONDON, OPERATOR

 
 
 

Presented is a beautiful cased builder’s model of the early steam collier “STELLING” built in 1876 for John F. Fenwick
of England. She was built by the famous Palmer Brothers Yard on the
River Tyne. This was the same yard that later built the far advanced iron warship HMS Warrior in 1890. The design was of

a single engined carrier with two masts carrying sails. Since steam engines were new to ships and coaling ports
were far apart, some of the passage was done under sail. Ships of this design were used to carry coal and other bulk
cargo such as ore and were called colliers. They are built wide and strong, with a flat bottom, and a shallow draft.
The shallow draft allows the ship to pull very close to shore and alongside docks for loading and discharge. Colliers provide
a very large amount of cargo space for their size.
 

It is
reported that Fenwick leased the STELLING to William Cory & Son of London under a demise charter agreement. The
Cory firm was an affiliation of eight London companies that were doing business as coal merchants, lightermen, and
owners and leasors of colliers. They were one of the first to bring coal to London by steamer. Cory had started
business in 1872 and over the many years grew into a much larger business. They became tug operators, taking over several
other companies and eventually consolidating under the control of Cory Towage Ltd. Around 1985, the flag emblem was altered
from a white diamond to a blue one edged white. After over 128 years, they were absorbed on 20 February 2000 by
Bureau Wijsmuller B.V.

Highly detailed models such as this are becoming extremely
scarce and are hard to find.

              Hand inked deck house
detail
  Aft companionway and skylight. Inked details
                      
Early style bridge
                  
 After steering station
CONSTRUCTION: The model is constructed
of various materials which include wood for the masts, deck, deck houses, ladders, and machinery. And, thread for the
rigging, and metal for the railings. The two steering wheels are built up from metal, piece by piece, which required great
skill. The flags are made from paper, and colored with paint. The port holes and hatches are hand inked in India ink as was
the practice in the mid 1800’s and later. Painted with a black hull, classic pink bottom, and varnished woodwork, the model
is a magnificent example of the model maker’s art.

CONDITION:
Everything is in remarkable original condition except that the rudder has been repaired and there is a piece missing
from the point of the bottom of the rudder to the keel, and one blade of the propellor is missing. Most people would not notice
it. The glazed case’s trim has some water spotting.

 

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DIMENSIONS:

The
ship model is 28″ L x 12 1/8″ H x 3″ W
The Case is 33″ L x 21″ H x 13″ W
Weight 28 pounds.

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.

International
buyers welcome,
but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British
Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

SHIPPING: The
buyer is responsible for making arrangements for packing and shipping using his own forwarding agent and carrier. If
the buyer wishes to use the seller’s assistance for shipment, he shall hold seller harmless for any damages or loss
arising out of their participation. Shipping can be arranged through LDG Delivery Service for the U.S. East Coast, and
certain cities in Michigan, and Indiana, and periodic trips to California. Contact L. Drew Gerard, for quotes. 561-212-7159,
Email: 
antiquedelivery@aol.com 

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT
are Bank wire transfer, cashier’s check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared.
No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item.
 

This
represents a fine example of a classic model. It is a excellent addition to any nautical collection.

Copyright 2007 by Land And Sea Collection ™ , All Rights Reserved

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