VINTAGE SCRATCH BUILT TUGBOAT MODEL
S. Hellier (1951-1989)
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 24 1/2″ L x 8″ W x 15″H WEIGHT: 3
PRESENTED is a model of a harbor tug
identified as “K“. It is built primarily from wood and other materials with a lift off cabin and forward hatch. The
K is fitted with an electric motor and drive train for battery power, and is finished in three colors of enamel, a red
bottom, off white deck house and Robin egg blue on the hull and lower cabin sides .
This model’s hull is built using plank over rib construction with
the deck and deck house made from thin wood sheets. All the hardware and fittings are individually hand made in
wood and metal with two life rings made from resin. Inside the pilothouse is a wheel, engine telegraph and other bridge fittings.
Alfred S. Hellier, the model’s maker, was a noted North Carolina
model ship builder whose work was ranged from very small scale models of known ships to much larger scale models
which are smaller in size. Most were engine powered. He died at an early age, making his work highly collectible.
forward from port sternCONDITION: All the gear and fittings are in place and nothing is broken or missing.
The overall appearance of the model is Folk Artsy and has a funky charm.
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 26″ L x 5″ W x 17″H WEIGHT: 15
Looking aft from starboard bow
on a base, she has an attractive look and will make an interesting addition to home, den
3.8 Volt electric motor & shaft
Deck view. Switches under forward hatch