|Ship name||Schooner Port Jackson|
|Scale||1 : 40|
|Material hull||Maple, pear, walnut wood, copper|
|Photos 1||Total views|
|Photos 2||Views of details|
|Transport cost||Please inquire|
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In 1790 the governor of Australia asked the Admiralty in London for two vessels of 30 to 40 tons, which should be shipped there in frames, accompanied by some skilled shipwrights to build the ships. His request was partly fulfilled by sending materials of a schooner of 41 tons, that was put together in Sydney and served the colony from 1793 to 1805. In 1803 the Admiralty ordered the Navy Board to produce drawings of two ships according to the governor's specifications and sent a copy of them to Port Jackson (today known as Sydney Harbour). The original drafts of the schooner are still in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
It can't be ascertained whether actually a ship had been built to the plans at that time, but in 1807 a schooner of similar size named Mercury was launched in 1807 for the Sydney merchant Thomas Reiby. He was an influential trader and former ship's officer and one can assume that he got the plans and some support from the governor.
More details on history and the drawings of the schooner are given in the book by Karl Heinz Marquardt, The Global Schooner, Origins, Development, Design and Construction 1695 - 1845, Conway Maritime Press, London 2003, ISBN 0851779301.
The model was built to the plans in the book of Karl Heinz Marquardt. It is a fine and beautiful piece of work. There are more pictures, several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!
The model is 1 : 40 scale. Length is 82 cm, width 25 cm, height is 68 cm.
The price of the model is 2550 Euro, plus transport cost.
Transport: The ship model can be secured in a transport box. This way,
truck or air cargo over long distances can be safely done.
If you live close by, picking up the model with your car may be a good way, too.
The ship model is available from Mr. Rudolf Ferlemann, Münster, Germany. As he only speaks very little English, please contact me, if you are interested in the ship model.
If you come by car, it is easy to find my home.