Ship model Scottish Zulu SY 486 MUIRNEAG of Stornoway,
built in 1907
Scale 1 : 20, length 192 cm, width 34 cm, height 122 cm
More photos: of entire ship,
of details. Click on the photos for high
The Scottish herring fisher SY 486 MUIRNEAG of
The Zulu boats were developed on the Scottish east coast by the end of
the 19th century. They were built to the carvel method of planking,
carrying two mast with three sails. They were fast sailors, quickly
reaching fishing grounds and getting back with the catch. Some more
information on the boats is in an article on
Scottish east coast fishery.
The Scottish Zulu MUIRNEAG was
registered at Stornoway, home port was Knock. Built in 1907, the ship
was broken up in 1947/1948. Builders: William Mackintosh, Portessie,
Buckie. Owner and skipper: Alexander Maclevel, Knockpoint, Stornoway.
The vessel was mainly used for herring fishing, more precisely in
driftnet fishing. SY 486 was sold by public auction in March 1947 for
50 pounds to be broken up into fencing posts. Muirneag means Darling
Dimensions Hull length: 24.40 m Beam:
6.40 m Depth of
hull: 2.52 m
The MUIRNEAG model, photos, description and dimensions
For the building of this model the full building
plans, drawn by Harold A. Underhill from Glasgow were used, and the book
“Sailing Drifters. Story of the Herring Luggers of England, Scotland and
the Isle of Man” by Edgar J. March, David & Charles 1969, ISBN
This model was built by Jan van den Heuvel, Philippine, Netherlands
great care of details in the years 1983 - 1985. It was built in all of its interior and the
timberwork like a real
ship. The model is a true masterpiece, and photos of various stages in
construction are available (see photo 1,
photo 2, photo 3).
The model is 1 : 20 scale. Length over all is 192 cm (bowsprit and
mizzen boom included), width is 34 cm, height is 122 cm (model stand
included) The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data
are shown in the
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers
enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such
a model by himself.