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A static display model of the sail/steam yacht Aphrodite
A static display model of the sail/steam yacht Aphrodite

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A static display model of the sail/steam yacht Aphrodite A solid hull model with white painted topsides, a green bottom and a gold waterline. The deck of the model is planked in mahogany and is fitted with numerous details which include: hand rails, bollards, anchors, coils of line, ladders, anchor windlass, deck hatches, companionway, running lights, binnacle, search light, ship's wheel, ventilators, funnel, 8 ship's boats rigged on davits, port holes on hull and on cabin tops, skylights, docking wheel, flagstaff, propeller and more. The model is rigged with three masts in a barkentine configuration with standing and running rigging, cross spars, stun'sail booms, gaffs and other rigging details. The model is displayed on two brass pedestals in a glass case with a mahogany base and stand, and brass trim around the glass. 50¼ x 15¼ x 55 in. (127.6 x 13.3 x 139.7 cm.) cased on stand

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Aphrodite was designed in Bath and built by the Bath Iron works in 1898, and was one of the largest yachts built in the United States. Her first owner, Oliver H. Payne had her for 19 years until he turned her over to the Navy. She, with Corsair, Noma, and Kanahwa, comprised the group of yachts of the Breton Patrol whose range and sea-keeping abilities permitted their use on extended operations. Around 1910 her yards and sails were removed and her pole mast substituted for the fitted ones.

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