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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.
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
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.
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
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.
Scale Model 1:100 of the ULCC (ultra large crude carrier) Globtik Tokyo
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
Half-block working model of M. S. "Fullagar"
half-block working model, scale 1:24, of M.S. "Fullagar" (1920).
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 anchor and cathead, Blake's arrangement
Model of anchor and cathead (Blake's arrangement). Scale 1:12.
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 a Venetian Racing 'Gondola'
Model of Racing "Gondola", from Venice. Scale 1:12.
Model of an early coastal paddle steamer, c. 1825
Model of the hull of an early paddle merchant steamer (ca. 1830), scale 1:48.
Model of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat 'RA II'
Model of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat RA II.
Model of Gharnai, raft of pots, from Gaya River
Model, scale unknown, of Gharnai, raft of pots consisting of earthenware pots connected by bamboo, as used on the Gaya River, near Patna, (1851-1930).
Model of 120 gun ship: the French 1st rate "Ocean"
Whole rigged bone model, scale 1:96, of the French 120 gun 1st rate ship "Ocean" (1809), on an inlaid stand with Bauistrade design, unsigned, France, 1793-1815
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
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
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.
Rigged model of 16-gun schooner, 1800 (Prisoner-of-War model).
Model of double-hulled tanker "Olympic Serenity"
Model of double-hulled tanker; 52,127 gt; 96733 dwt, "Olympic Serenity" (1991), original prototype built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries, launched 20 January 1991
Whole contemporary shipyard model, H.M.S. 'Albion'
Whole contemporary shipyard model, scale 1:48, of the 90-gun sailing ship of the line of battle, HMS 'Albion' (1842), on painted wood base, designed by Sir William Symonds and made by, Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, 1842
Model, of stem from ice breaker - S.S. 'Ermack'
Wooden model of stem of ice breaking S.S. "Ermack". 1898. Scale 1:24.
Model, of 'Lenox' wedge-clump mooring anchor
Model in metal of the "Lenox" wedge-clump mooring anchor
Model of a Southern Iraqi Mash-huf
Model of a Mash-huf from the marshes of Southern Iraq. Scale 1:5.
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 steel paddle-wheel steamer for LCC Thames Service
Whole model, scale 1:48, representative of the fleet of steel-built paddle steamers commisionned by the London City Councils, unsigned, England, 1904-1913
Rigged model of the Turbine Screw Steamer "Londonderry"
Whole rigged model (scale 1.48) of the tripple turbine screw steamer the T.S. "Londonderry" (1904), with two funnels, two masts, four decks (including a shade deck) and eight life boats. Measures 708 mm x 2200 mm x 310 mm. Made by unknown maker, United Kingdom, 1904-1911.
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 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).
Whole rigged model of the 3-masted schooner 'E.W. Morrison'
Rigged model, scale 1:24, of the 3-masted lake schooner 'E.W. Morrison' (1870), unsigned, Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, United States of America, 1870-1909. As used on the American Great Lakes.
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 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
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
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.
Whole model of a "Ulak", Bengal produce boat
Model, scale 1:12, of a "Ulak", bengal produce boat, a large-clincher built boat, with mast and two sails, oars etc, unsigned, Bhagulpur, West Bengal, India, 1851-1900
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
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
Model, of a South Pacific whale boat
Model of a South Sea Whaling boat. South Sea Sewn Boat. Scale 1:12.
English ship, c.1485
Rigged model, scale 1:72, of an English three-masted 'Cog' (c.1485), with the arms of Richard Beauchamp, the Earl of Warick, reconstructed from the British Museum M.S. "The Pageant of the Earl of Warwick", (c. 1485).
McMurdo type L40 survivor location lifebuoy light
L40 Lifebuoy survivor location light, McMurdo Limited, Portsmouth, 1982
Rigged model of Bermuda rig racing dinghy 'H.D.C. II'
Rigged model, scale 1:8, of a Bermuda rig racing dinghy 'H.D.C. II', by of the highly specialised type gradually developed from the old Bermuda-rig of the late 17th century
Model of an Assyrian kelek or raft of inflated ox-hides, one of three models of Babylonian vessels of skin
700 BCE; 1931
Model of an Assyrian kelek or raft of inflated ox-hides, c.700 BC (scale 1:12), one of three models of Babylonian vessels of skin, from reliefs in the Palace of Sennaelemb at Koulanjik, Iraq.
Model of a cargo and ferry boat used on the upper Nile
Model, scale 1:12, of a cargo and ferry boat used on the upper Nile, Egypt, 1900-1910 (Nile Cargo and Ferry Boat), by William Herbert Holloway, London, England, 1900-1910
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 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.