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These objects reflect the history of Britain's shipping industry and dockyards, as well as the international development and construction of water transportation, from Chinese and Japanese junks to Dutch sloops.
Builder's whole, rigged model, of SS 'Great Eastern', 1853-1857
Builder's whole, rigged model, scale 1:96, of SS 'Great Eastern' by John Scott Russell and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1853-1857
Cut-away model of the T.S. 'Olympic', 1910-1937
Cut-away model, scale 1:144, of the triple-screw passenger liner, the T.S. 'Olympic' (1910), with painted panel showing the inner compartments with passengers, made by Bassett-Lowke Limited, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, 1910-1937
Whole model, full rigged, of ship of the line, H.M.S. 'Prince'
Contemporary whole rigged (rigged in Museum) model, scale 1:48, of English 1st rate ship of the line of 100/90 guns HMS 'Prince' (1670), showing hull construction method, designed by Peter Pett and made by Chatham Dockyard,
Model of the SS Oceanic (1899)
Model, scale 1:64, of the White Star Line Royal Mail Steamer "Oceanic" (1899), original built by Harland and Wolff Limited for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company Limited. She was the last British transatlantic liner to be launched in the nineteenth century
Model of a 28 gun frigate
Model, scale 1:48, rigged, of a 28 gun frigate (c.1785), rigged by Science Museum, Workshops 1907, unsigned, England, 1770-1780. Actual ship designed by Sir John Williams, England, United Kingdom.
Model of the Blue Star Line T.S. 'Arandora Star'
Whole model, scale 1:48, of the Blue Star Line twin-screw turbine steamer 'Arandora Star' (launched in 1927), probably by Cammel Laird and Co Ltd, Birkenhead, England, 1927-1946
Scale Model 1:100 of the ULCC (ultra large crude carrier) Globtik Tokyo
Model of the "Great Harry"
Rigged model, scale 1:72, of the warship the 'Henry Grace a Dieu' or the "Great Harry" (1540), based on a contemporary drawing by Anthony, Anthony, fl. 1546
Elizabethan galleon, 'Elizabeth Jonas'
Model ship, with full rigging and figure on deck. 1:48 scale model of the Elizabethan galleon, 'Elizabeth Jonas', built c.1600. Constructed by Science Museum model maker Philip Davies, in the workshops at South Kensington, London, in 1931. The human figure was a later addition made by Barbara Mary Campbell.
Miss Windermere VI Powerboat
Miss Windermere VI powerboat, the world's fastest prop-driven boat: the fastest boat in history on Lake Windermere, holder of the British National Immersed Propeller Record and holder of the World Over 7000cc Water Speed Record. Built in 1993. There is an accompanying VHS tape showing successful speed record attempt, 17 October 2003, held in the museum archive, ref YA2007.30.
Model which represents the paddle steamers "Queen Victoria" and the ''Prince of Wales''
Whole model, scale 1:48, representing the paddle steamer "Queen Victoria" (1887) and it's sister the 'Prince of Wales' with two steel plaques, possibly built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1886-1927
Whole model rigged of the screw steamship "Great Britain"
Whole model rigged of the screw steamship "Great Britain", scale 1:48, with 6 masts, one funnel, 4 life boats, and the coat of arms of England on the bow on four metal feet, by an unknown maker, United Kingdom, 1840-1878
Model of H.M. Bark 'Endeavour', 1974
Rigged model of H.M. Bark 'Endeavour', 1974. Originally merchant collier ‘Earl of Pembroke’, the ship was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1768, to be refitted and renamed for the voyage of Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook for his voyage to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus.
Model of 'Bluebird K7', World Water Speed Record contender, 1955
Model, scale 1:6, of the motor-boat 'Bluebird K7', 1954. Promotional, trade, whole model of 'Bluebird K7', World Water Speed Record contender, 1955. Scale 1:6 The model shows the tail fin added in 1958. The boat was designed by Ken and Lou Norris, the frame built by Accles and Pollock, and building completed by Samlesbury Engineering.
Model of a Phoenician bireme ship
Rigged model, scale 1:72, of a Phoenician Bireme c.700 BCE with two tiers of oars on wood stand, unsigned, Asia, 1845-1964
Model of Bathyscaphe "Trieste"
Model of the bathyscaphe the 'Trieste' (1953), designed by Auguste and Jacques Piccard at Naples, model made by Ley Kenyon, 1960-1969
Model of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat 'RA II'
Model of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat RA II.
Model of the N.S. "Savannah" (1959)
Model, scale 1:192, of the nuclear-powered merchant steamer the N.S. "Savannah" (1959), with shelter deck, wire-rigging and American flag in plastic exhibition case, probably constructed by the New York Ship Building Corporation, United States, 1958-1965
Water-colour drawing of Hastings luggers "Swan" and "Sussex Maid"
Water-colour drawing of Hastings Luggers "Swan" and "Sussex Maid", by Edward Leslie Badham, 1931.
Rigged main central sail from large rigged model of an Amoy Fishing Junk
Model of bamboo raft from large rigged model, scale 1:10, of a Chinese fishing junk used in the Amoy district of the Formosa Straight, unsigned, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China, 1937
Model of ancient Egyptian funerary boat with two oars
Model, scale 1:10, of ancient Egyptian funerary boat with two ceremonial oars; copied from XII Dynasty boat found at Dahshur in 1893, now in the Cairo Museum, unsigned, 1893-1915
Whole rigged model of an English 50 gun ship
Contemporary rigged model, scale 1:48, of a 50 gun English ship proposed by the 1733 Establishment with contemporary rigging, unsigned, England, 1722-1740
Rigged model of the PS 'Scotia'
Builder's, whole, rigged model, scale 1:48 of the PS 'Scotia' (1861), he last Cunard, transatlantic paddle steamer, by Robert Napier and Sons, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, 1861
Model of a Viking Ship of about A.D.900, excavated from Gokstad
1913; c. 900 CE
Model, scale 1:24, of a Viking ship (c 900 AD) discovered in 1880 in Norway - the Gokstad ship - propelled by sail and oars, with deck sections removed to show construction, made in Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1913. With Viking figure by Barbara Mary Campbell, Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London, England.
Model of Norfolk Wherry
Model of Norfolk Wherry, Norfolk Broads, United Kingdom. Made for the museum by Mr W.H. Hall. The Norfolk wherry was a small cargo carrier which was developed to suit the special conditions of the Broads district of East Anglia. The wherries came into use towards the end of the 18th century and replaced the earlier Norfolk keels. Scale 1:16, late 19th century
Whole rigged model of the clipper ship 'Stonehouse'
1866 (original) 1871 (model); 1906 (rigging modified)
Whole rigged model, scale 1:48, of the sailing clipper ship 'Stonehouse', designed by Gilbert Row in 1863-1864 and built by John Smurthwaite at Pallion Shipyard, Tyne and Wear, England, 1866, later renamed the 'Fanny', made by 1871, masts, rigging and sails by the Museum in 1906.
Rigged model of Flemish carvel construction Carrack
Rigged model, scale 1:60, of a Flemish carvel construction Carrack, with overhanging forecastle c. 1450-1480, by Robert Morton Nance, Nancledra, Cornwall, England, 1910-1921. Robert Morton Nance constructed the model from an accurate and detailed print by WA, a Flemish master illustrator active around 1490.
Model of a Venetian Racing 'Gondola'
Model of Racing "Gondola", from Venice. Scale 1:12.
Whole model rigged 20 gun ship
Contemporary model, 1:48 scale, of 20-gun, 6th-rate, man-of-war naval frigate with full (original) rigging flags and cut-away section showing construction, built to the 1719 Establishment (naval specification) showing hull construction, unsigned, British, 1719-1733. The model is similar to HMS 'Blandford', 1720 and HMS 'Gibraltar' 1727
Model of 90-gun, 2nd-rate, man-of-war naval vessel, built to the 1706 Establishment
Contemporary model, scale 1:70, of 90-gun, 2nd-rate, man-of-war naval vessel, unrigged, built to the 1706 Establishment (naval specification), unsigned, English, 1706-1730. The model formerly belonged to Daniel Finch (1647-1730), First Lord of the British Admiralty (1681-4).
Model of Brighton Hog Boat, "The Prince George"
Model, scale 1:8, Brighton Hog Boat, 'The Prince George'; Hoggy; Hog-Boat, Brighton, Sussex, England, 1797. With human figure by by Barbara Mary Campbell, Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London, England, 1962. Hog Boats, or Hoggies, were the ordinary off-shore decked, fishing boats of the South Coast, between Eastbourne and Shoreham, during the 18th century.
Sir Christopher Cockerel's tethered demonsration hovercraft model, 1955.
Replica of Cockerell's experimental hovercraft.
Half block plaster cast model of a Scottish Scaffie
Half block model of a Scottish Scaffie (plaster cast)
Model, of a 30. ft. British Navy's ship's cutter, in glazed case
Model of a 30.ft. Service Cutter, scale 1:48, in glazed case. (with mahogany carrying case and key)
Model of state barge of govenor of the English factory, calcutta, decorated in the style of an Indian Peacock boat
Model, scale unknown, of a decorated state barge resembling an Indian Peacock Boat, as built for the English Factory at Calcutta in the 18th century, unsigned, India, 1700-1929
Model, of 'Lenox' wedge-clump mooring anchor
Model in metal of the "Lenox" wedge-clump mooring anchor
Whole contemporary model of 'I. Ferencz Jozef' paddle steamer
Whole contemporary model, scale 1:48, of the 'I. Ferencz Jozef' paddle steamer, for passenger service on the river Danube, unsigned, on an in-laid wooden base, held by a series of ivory figures, built under the direction of Samuel Pretious, Budapest, Hungary, 1846
Model of East and West India Dock Gates
Model of Dock Gates, East and West India Docks (scale 1.48)
Display model of 100-ton floating sheer legs for H.M. War Office
display model (scale 1:48) of 100-ton floating sheer legs for H.M. War Office
Model lobster pot, Heligoland fishing sloop model
Model lobster pot, Heligoland fishing sloop model
Water-colour drawing of Hastings lugger "Primrose"
Water-colour drawing of Hastings Lugger "Primrose", (bow view), by Edward Leslie Badham, c.1931.
Model, of a Bengal, India ship's grapnel anchor
Model of a Bengal, India ship's grapnel anchor
Model of anchor and cathead, Blake's arrangement
Model of anchor and cathead (Blake's arrangement). Scale 1:12.
McMurdo type L40 survivor location lifebuoy light
L40 Lifebuoy survivor location light, McMurdo Limited, Portsmouth, 1982
Whole model of H.M. Brig 'Fantome'
Whole contemporary model, scale 1:39, rigged, of the 16-gun brig-rigged sloop of war, the HM 'Fantome' (1839), unsigned, Chatham, Medway, Kent, England, 1839, model (re)rigged by Science Museum, Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1902-1903
plaque for model of the 'World Progress'
Plaque for the V L C C Model "World Progress"
Model of small-palmed ship's anchor
Model of small-palmed anchor, with one palm of the usual size by way of contrast (Rodger's patent).