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27 July 2006
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
A exhibition standard model of the merchant brigantine Newsboy
this scale miniature, in 16':1" scale, is built in plank on frame construction with the port side finished natural and most of the hull planking left off to show the frame construction (double frames), stringers, trunnels and other details. The starboard side is finished, with painted topsides and a coppered bottom, as the ship would have been. The deck of the model is in pear wood with gutters along the bulwarks, and the planking is trunneled. At the bow is a painted figurehead of a man holding a tablet. The deck is fitted with numerous details including: anchors, bilge pump, bell and belfry, ladders, pin and fife rails, companionway, doghouse, hatches, boat, stove pipes and other details. Rigged with a bowsprit, masts, cross spars, boom and gaff, standing and running rigging, mounted on pair wood cradles and displayed in a glass and brass bound case with a maple veneer base.
11¼ x 14¼ in. (28.6 x 36.2 cm.) cased.
Newsboy was a well-known merchant brigantine of 1854 designed in Boston by Dennison J. Lawler in the second half of the 19th century. Owned by Danby & Cunningham Company of Boston, Mass., she was built in Owls Head, Maine by Capt. Elisha Brown. The 290-ton ship was launched in June 1854. Her length was 111' and she had a beam of 27' with a draft of 11'. She engaged in the "Triangular Trade", shipping wine, oil, and fruits from the Mediterranean to the West Indies and returning to New England with sugar, molasses and rum. She was a very fast and profitable vessel for her day.
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