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Ship model Scottish Zulu SY 486 MUIRNEAG of Stornoway, built in 1907


Ship model Scottish Zulu SY 486 MUIRNEAG of Stornoway, built in 1907


Ship name MUIRNEAG
Scale 1 : 20
Length 192 cm
Width 34 cm
Height 122 cm (including stand)
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 of entire ship
Photos 2 of details
Price sold
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The Scottish herring fisher SY 486 MUIRNEAG of 1907

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 Girl.

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 0715346792.

This model was built by Jan van den Heuvel, Philippine, Netherlands with 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.

There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!


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.

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