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A well detailed and presented display model of the American steam yacht Corsair (1930)

A well detailed and presented display model of the American steam yacht Corsair (1930)
with masts and rigging, anchors, winch, fairleads, bollards, deck rails, ventilators, companionways, awning staunchions, superstructure with bridge over, binnacle, telegraphs, wood capped deck rails, passenger accomodation with panels, doors and windows, stayed funnel with hooter, deck lights, seats, six ship's boats with detailed interiors as appropriate, aft helm and binnacle and many other details. The hull, finished in red, black and varnish with 'gilded' bow and stern decoration with two shafts with 'A' brackets and three blade propellors and rudder is mounted on two turned brass columns, mahogany framed glazed case and table. Measurements overall -- 57 x 56in. (144.8 x 142.3cm.)
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Note : Designed by H.J. Cielow and built by Bath Iron Works

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The beautifully proportioned Corsair (IV) was the last of the four successive sea-going pleasure yachts owned by the American financier J. Pierpont Morgan. Designed for Morgan by Henry J. Gielow of New York, she was built in Maine at the Bath Iron Works in 1930 and classed as a twin-screw schooner. Registered at 2,181 tons gross (417 net), her steel hull measured 343 feet in length with a 42 foot beam, and she was powered by two General Electric turbo-electric engines producing 6,000bhp. Oil-fired, she could make 17 knots with ease and was widely regarded as one of the most perfect private yachts ever constructed. After ten years in service, mainly on the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean, she was purchased for the Fleet Air Arm (Bermuda) in August 1940 and armed with 1-6pdr for patrol work. Sold out of the service in December 1948, she was overhauled and fitted out as a deluxe cruiser until wrecked off Acapulco, Mexico on 12th November 1949.

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