The sailing trawler IBEX
Built in 1896, IBEX was the fastest sailing trawler in the West Country of England. She was designed by Andrew Upham and built by J.W. & A. Upham in Brixham. Originally registered as DH 416, in 1902 this became BM27, when the new Brixham registration came into effect. Apart from her amazing turn of speed, she was typical of her kind and a good sea boat. She was crewed by only four men and a boy.
The Brixham trawlers worked all year round, sailing as far afield as the east coast and the Irish Sea. She was one of four smacks stopped by a German U-Boat on 29th January 1918, some fourteen miles off Berry Head. They were all sunk by gun fire after crews had been given the chance to take to their boats. All of the men were later rescued by a patrol boat.
In her early years, she was painted with a green hull, but later was painted black all over. She was the winner of 29 'firsts' in the annual trawler races held in Torbay. (This description was taken from a Robin Brooks website that shows a painting of the trawler)
The trawler IBEX model,
photos, description and dimensions
The model was built to plans of the book by Edgar J.March, Sailing Trawlers: The Story of Deep Sea Fishing with Longline and Trawl, David & Charles Ltd., Newton Abbot, Devon, England, 1970, ISBN 7153 4711 X .
The boat was built like a real ship, including the interior timberwork, as can be seen on some photos of the building process.
This model of the trawler IBEX is a very fine work, a master piece. It was built
by Jan van den
Heuvel, Philippine (Terneuzen), Netherlands, with great care of details.
The ship model is 1 : 20 scale. Length is 145 cm, width 28 cm, height 111 cm.
The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.