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Builder's half model of the ship 'Manx King'

Description: Builder's half model of the 'Manx King' of the Karran fleet built, by Richardson Duck & co. 1884, 2700 tons.

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 twentieth 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: 35 cm x 14 cm x 191 cm

Object name: model

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: L21853

Subject tags : #MM100


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