Presented is a builder’s model of a
sailing vessel named “ANNO“ which is inscribed in pencil on the backboard. Other than coming from a New England
estate, nothing is known of its origin except that its “double end” design is reminiscent of the well
known Norwegian naval architect and ship builder Colin Archer (1832-1921). Not counting the keel, the hull is comprised of eight lifts of mahogany. They show in detail the shape
of this efficient vessel. The half hull is mounted on a Mahogany backboard.
This perspective of the
hull shows her sharp ends for sea keeping ability and speed which was the reason for th e enduring nature of the
Shipbuilder’s presentation models
were often used to advertise the business of the shipbuilder or given to the owner after launch.
The ship model is
20 1/4″ L x 3″ W x 4″ D The backboard is 25 3/4″ L x 8 3/4″ H x 3/4″ D Weight 4
CONDITION: The half hull is in original condition and the aged varnish is in
excellent condition. There are some small holes along the bottom of the backboard and brads have been used to hold some
of the pieces in place. All this is original. There is nothing of consequence which would distract from the overall appearance
of this model.
Buy this handcrafted half hull model now! What a great addition to your office, den or family
Equally sharp bow
HISTORY: The naval architect, Colin Archer (22 July 1832 – 3 February 1921) was also a shipbuilder in
Larvik, Norway. He was born of Scottish parents who emigrated to there in 1825.
and his shipyard were known for building durable and safe ships to a design he popularized with “double ends“.
The most notable single ship built by Colin Archer was the Fram, which participated in expeditions to the North Pole, and
later Roald Amundsen’s historic first expedition to the South Pole. He also designed a sturdy sailing vessel class for the
Redningsselskapet (The Norwegian Lifeboat institution) which was used for many years and now is referred to as a Colin Archer.
Fram is now preserved in the Fram Museum on Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway. The prototype lifeboat “Colin Archer RS 1” is
still afloat and in use as a floating museum. Two
rescue ships were named after him; the Colin Archer of 1893 and a later Colin Archer
spent a lot of time calculating how an efficient hull should be designed. Even to this day, people still consult his work
when designing new ships, and numerous of his designs built by others are still being built today. He is credited with over
designs were adapted to pleasure sailing in the 20th century. In 1928 William Atkin scaled down Archer’s 47-foot Regis Voyager,
a pilot boat, to make the 32-foot Eric. This design went on to become very influential in ocean sailing, with boats such as
Vito Dumas’s Lehg II and Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili making notable circumnavigations. In the 1970’s, the design was adapted
to glass-reinforced plastic by William Crealock, and became the Westsail 32; this famous cruising boat has, in turn, inspired
many imitations, so that the “Archer double-ender” style of boat continues to be popular to this day.
Colin Archer Memorial Race sailing race is named in his honour. The race starts in Lauwersoog (The Netherlands) and finishing
near Larvik in Norway, organized every two years. The distance is about 365 nautical mile and -depending on the weather and
the type of ship- the sailing time generally amounts to 3 to 5 days.
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