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    Sale 5386

    Maritime

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 66

    A FINE BUILDER'S MIRROR-BACKED HALF-MODEL OF THE S.Y. MARIA OF 1896, TO THE DESIGN OF G.L. WATSON

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    A FINE BUILDER'S MIRROR-BACKED HALF-MODEL OF THE S.Y. MARIA OF 1896, TO THE DESIGN OF G.L. WATSON
    the hull of the model built-up in wood and painted with a pink bottom and white topsides, the topsides detailed with trailboard leading up to a finely carved figurehead of a woman, inset brass portholes, a fine mahogany waistband, and drawn in bulwark openings, and a mahogany cap rail. Detailed with a maple-veneered deck with the planking lines drawn in India ink and fitted with a stump bowsprit, chocks and bollards, ventilators, anchor windlass, anchor, companionways, deck railings [some with mahogany cap rails], stump masts, searchlights, three ship's boats rigged on davits, wheel, binnacle and engine telegraph, cut funnel, ladders, topside gangway and other details. Within a glazed mahogany framed cased, with later mirror
    the case, 13½ x 75½ in. (34.3 x 191.8 cm.)


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    Designed by the famous G.L. Watson and built by Napier, Shanks & Bell at Glasgow in 1896, Maria was owned by Mr. Ninian Stewart of Torquay, a yachtsman who also owned and raced the 50-ton yawl Neptune. Rigged as a screw schooner, Maria was registered at 786 tons gross (534 net & 815 Thames) and measured 228 feet in length with a 28 foot beam. A handsome vessel sporting two decks and lit throughout by electricity, her triple-expansion three-cylinder engines were manufactured by Rowans of Glasgow and generated 165hp. Rated 100A1 by Lloyds' surveyors, she was initially berthed at Greenock where she remained until sold and briefly renamed Delaware. Sold again in 1907, this time to C. Ledyard Blair of New York who renamed her Diana, he kept her until at least 1914 after which she disappears from record, possibly a casualty of the Great War.

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    Provenance

    N.B. Stewart.


    Exhibited

    London, The Imperial Institute, Yachting and Fisheries Exhibition, 1897.