Product images of Service vessel; Cableship
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Service vessel; Cableship
Scale: Unknown. A half block model of a cable ship (circa 1890) made largely of wood with silver plated and gun metal fittings. The hull is painted a brick red below the waterline with a flesh coloured boot topping and black topsides above to deck level. The clipper shaped bow is fitted with a large set of sheaves on an overhanging platform whilst the stern finishes in a rounded counter with a single screw propeller and a rudder with a skeg frame below. Above the stern is another set of sheaves set in an overhanging rectangular platform. Mounted along the black portion of the hull is a decorative trailboard painted in gold with 29 circular portholes running along the length of the hull. At the stern is a decorative counter piece painted gold. The deck is varnished natural wood with individual planks lined in black ink. At the bow are a capstan, a small companion way, and a single ventilation cowling with the hood painted red internally. At the foot of the foremast is the large sheave mechanism for handling the cable from the cable lockers. The hatch covers are circular and located between the mast and the bridge. Just forward of the bridge is a transom sterned lifeboat. The bridge accommodation block comprises of a two tier bridge wing with guardrails, engine room telegraph, a small rectangular skylight, and a pair of ventilator cowlings with the hoods painted red internally. The paneling, doors, and windows are outlined in black ink. Just aft of the bridge accommodation is a single funnel that has been cut down and painted a sandy yellow colour, and alongside is a transom sterned boat painted white on chocks and rigged on a pair of davits. Just aft of the mizzen mast is a single ventilation cowling painted red inside, a smaller accommodation block with paneled doors, a small rectangular skylight, and a raised companionway finished in varnished natural wood. Alongside the companionway is a small transom sterned boat rigged on a pair of davits. The ship's wheel is mounted on a rectangular steering box with a raised grating floor either side and a single binnacle just forward of the steering position. The whole model is mounted on a wooden backboard and is housed in a glazed mahogany display case. The plaque reads: 'Ramage & Ferguson, Ltd. Ship builders and Engineers. Leith'.
Original size: 570 mm x 1990 mm x 255 mm
- Image reference: L3510-003
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London