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Ship builder's half model of the paddle steamer 'King Orry'

Date made: 1842

Place made: Douglas

Description: This is a builder's half-model of the paddle steamer 'King Orry'. She was built for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company at Bath Place Yard, Douglas by John Winram, with engines by Robert Napier of Glasgow, in 1842. The completed vessel was 140 feet long and weighed 433 tons. She crossed from Douglas to Liverpool in 7 hours, at a speed of 9 1/2 knots.

The stern is decorated and only the word 'King' is visible. There is a three legs device on the paddle box.

A half hull model ship (also known as a 'half hull' or 'half ship') is a wooden model ship featuring only one half of a boat's hull without rigging or other fixtures. Prior to the 20th century, half hull model ships were constructed by shipwrights as a means of planning a ship's design and sheer and ensuring that the ship would be symmetrical. The half hulls were mounted on a board and were exact scale replicas of the actual ship's hull. With the advent of computer design, half hulls are now built as decorative nautical art and constructed after a ship is completed.

Shipbuilding was a Manx industry of some considerable importance in the 19th century, and sizeable ships were built in a number of yards around the island. Today the Ramsey shipyard is the only vestige of this industry.

Measurements: overall: 115 cm x 21 cm x 17 cm

Materials: wood

Object name: model

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1968-0159

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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