Maritime Models, Instruments & Art Sale
on Wednesday 29th April 2009

Lots: 220-251 of 283

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220

Bernard Finegan Gribble (British, 1873 - 1962)
The "Hunt Class" (Type 4) Escort Destroyer Brecon at sea
Signed 'B Gribble' (lower left)
Oil on board
16 x 19in. (40.5 x 48cm.)

Designed by Thornycroft, Brecon (pendant number L76) and her sister Brissenden were laid down in 1941 and launched a year later. Displacing 1,700 tons they measured 296ft with a 33ft beam and 11 foot draught. Her Parsons turbines developed 19,000 horse power, giving 26 knots. Brecon was broken up in 1962, her sister three years later.
Estimate: 400-600

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400

221

G. COCKERHAM (20th CENTURY)

The new Dover Station high speed lifeboat Sir William Hillary at speed
Signed and dated 'G. Cockerham 1930' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
22 x 32in. (56 x 81cm.) Framed

During the 1920s, the increasing number of airplanes flying over the Channel made the RNLI look into the possibility of stationing a special high-speed lifeboat at Dover, to cope with the consequences of an airplane crashing in the sea. In 1930 the Dover Lifeboat Station was re-opened with the arrival of a brand new lifeboat, named Sir William Hillary after the founder of the RNLI. The new boat was powered by two 375 h.p. petrol engines and was capable of a top speed of 17.25 knots, as compared with a top speed of 9 knots for conventional motor lifeboats then in service.
Estimate: 400-600

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650

222

TOM LEWSEY (1900 - )

A Royal Navy Reserve launch motoring in a swell
Signed 'Tom Lewsey' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
25 x 30in. (63.5 x 76cm.) Framed
Estimate: 300-500

Nil

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250

223

SIR JOHN ISAAC THORNYCROFT'S LETTERS PATENT: "IMPROVEMENTS IN TORPEDO APPARATUS FOR VESSELS", 30TH AUGUST, 1877

printed and annotated on vellum and mounted with two technical drawings for his side-launch davit system either side of the wax seal of state -- 34 x 39in. (87.5 x 100.5cm.) overall

Having noted the success, in principal at least, of the torpedo in the American Civil War, the Admiralty began their own developments in their design and delivery. The main limitation of the spar torpedoes used in the American conflict had been the necessity for a vessel to get close enough to engage. In March 1877, Thornycroft demonstrated a spar attack on a hulk with The Times noting that after the explosion the little craft ..went round and round for a few moments and quietly resumed the direction of the squadron. Clearly a "fish" torpedo would be needed and, having acquired the patents from Whitehead in 1871, the Arsenal at Woolwich made several improvements. Thorneycroft built the Navy's first torpedo boat Lightning (later named TB.1) in 1877 which carried a forward facing tube. The later versions carried twin torpedoes, mounted in the system patented in this lot by Sir John I. Thornycroft.

Estimate: 400-600

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224

A NAVAL ARCHITECTS PROFILE DRAWING FOR 'LIFFEY' CLASS SCREW FRIGATES, CIRCA 1854

ink on linen heightened with colour and annotated with depths and measurements, the principal dimensions listed lower left (some old areas of staining) -- 25 x 88in. (65 x 223.5cm.) Framed

The 'Liffey' Class comprised H.M.Ships Liffey; Shannon; Topaze; Baccante and Liverpool and displaced some 3,915 tons. Ordered as a response to the Royal Navy's maneuvering difficulties in the Crimean War, Liffey and Shannon were originally ordered as sailing frigates and hastily converted on the stocks. All enjoyed uneventful careers and were broken up between 1869 and 1884, except Liffey which survived until 1903.
Estimate: 500-800

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300

225

THE THORNYCROFT WORKS PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE

comprising approximately 1,339 black and white images contained within labelled archive boxes with categories including: Design Development and Manufacturing; Part Exteriors of Ship and Motor Vessels; Road Motor Vehicles; Vessel Exteriors; Vessel Interiors; Engine Rooms and miscellaneous, the images, mostly 6 x 8in. stuck to a 9 x 12in. Numbered brown card with annotated details to reverse, often including client, date and title, many further stamped Negative Destroyed, dating between approximately 1905 and 1955; together with approximately seventy framed photographs, mostly annotated and dated on the reverse, showing interesting vessels, company events, characters etc., the majority 6 x 8in. with approximately ten larger. (A lot)
Estimate: 1000-1500

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4500

226

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER, SAVAGE, BUILT FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, 1910, YARD NUMBER 519

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 72 x 9in. (183 x 22.7cm.) overall

One of a class of sixteen "Beagle" Class destroyers of the 1908-09 programme, they were amongst the last built to use coal-fired boilers after concerns about secure oil supplies. Displacing 1,100 tons (deep load), they measured 263 ft 11in. with a 26ft 1in. beam and a draught of 8ft 6in, were powered with 3-shaft Parsons turbines developing 14,300 horse power giving 27 knots and were armed with 1-4in. quick-firing gun, 3-12pdrs, and 2-21in. torpedo tubes. On completion they formed part of the 5th Defence Flotilla and were in the Mediterranean on the outbreak of War. Recalled to Home waters, they served as minesweepers at the Dardanelles and then patrolled Home waters. Savage was sold for break up in 1921.
Estimate: 1800-2500

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1500

227

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER HARDY, BUILT FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, 1912, YARD NUMBER 628

finished in white and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 72 x 7.5in. (183 x 18.5cm.) overall

One of a class of twenty "Acasta" Class destroyers built in the 1911-12 programme, the Hardy was one of five Thorneycroft "specials" intended to platform new technologies. Displacing 1,300 tons (deep load), they measured 267ft 6in with a 27ft beam and 9ft 6in draught they were powered by 2-shaft Parson's turbines developing 24,500 horse power to give 29 knots and armed with 3-4in. breech loaders and 2-21in. torpedo tubes. With Hardy an attempt was made to install the first high-speed diesel engine in a destroyer. An 1,800 horse power Sulzer diesel was intended, but was not ready and so Hardy was accepted without. She was sold for breakup in 1921.
Estimate: 1500-2000

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1200

228

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYERS LANCE & LOOKOUT, BUILT FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, 1914, YARD NUMBERS 653 & 654

finished in white and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 72 x 8in. (183 x 20.3cm.) overall

This pair of "Laforey" Class destroyers were from a programme of twenty-two built at various yards around the country. They were all given 'L' names by Admiralty order of 30th September, 1913, thus becoming the first alphabetical class of the new organisation. Displacing up to 1,300 tons (deep load) they were 268 ft 10in long with a beam of 27ft 8in with a 10ft 6in. draught. Powered by two-shaft Parson's turbines which developed 24,500 horse power, they were capable of 29 knots and were armed with 3-4in. quick firing guns, 1-303 Maxim machine gun and 4-21in. torpedo tubes. Lance had the distinction of firing the first shot of the Great War at sea on the 5th August 1914, 13 hours after the declaration of war, and was also one of a flotilla that sank four German torpedo boats off the Texel on 17th October that year. Lance was sold for breaking in 1922 with Lookout following a year later.
Estimate: 1800-2500

Nil

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1100

229

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK MODEL FOR THE TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER SHAKESPEARE, BUILT FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, 1917, YARD NUMBER 903

finished in white and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 85 x 9 in. (218 x 23.5cm.)

The name ship of a class of seven, of which two were cancelled, Shakespeare was a marked step forward and as flotilla leaders were much admired by foreign navies. Displacing 2,009 tons (deep load) they measured 329ft overall, with 31ft 6in. beam and 12ft 6in. draught, powered by 2-shaft Brown-Curtis geared turbines developing 40,000 horse power, they could make 36 knots and were armed with 5-4.7in. guns adapted from army stocks, 2-2pdr pom-poms and 6-21in. torpedo tubes and needed a complement of 183 personnel. The addition of a 9ft rangefinder plus torpedo sights marked a huge improvement in fighting efficiency. Shakespeare was broken up in 1936.
Estimate: 600-800

Nil

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500

230

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE CRUISER YACHT AMAPA, BUILT FOR BRAZIL, 1907, YARD NUMBER 459

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 74 x 10in. (188.5 x 27.5cm.) overall
Estimate: 800-1200

Nil

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850

231

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE PADDLE TUGS TORDY & STRENUOUS, FOR THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY, 1912, YARD NUMBERS 625 & 626

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 41 x 7in. (105.5 x 18cm.) overall

Displacing 690 tons and measuring 144ft long with a 27ft beam, Tordy was transferred from the War Department in 1918 and sold from the service in 1923; Strenuous was renamed Sandboy in 1918 and sunk as a target off Bermuda on 27th June, 1947.
Estimate: 500-800

Nil

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850

232

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE LAUNCH MELITA, BUILT FOR THE GRAND DUKE CYRIL OF RUSSIA, 1913, YARD NUMBER 647

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 56 x 8in. (143 x 20cm.) overall
Estimate: 700-900

Nil

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800

233

A RARE RAM-BOW THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE T. S. CUSTOMS CRUISER MARGARET, BUILT FOR THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT, 1914, YARD NUMBER 679

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 56 x 8 in. (143 x 21.5cm.) overall
Estimate: 1500-2000

Nil

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2000

234

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE CARGO SHIP ST. SENAN AND SLIEVENAMON, BUILT 1921, YARD NUMBER 992-3

finished in white and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 47 x 8in. (119.5 x 21.5cm.)

Registered at 515 tons, the St. Senan was owned by J. Doyle & Sons, changed name to Dunnet Head in 1925 and was broken up in 1951; a ton lighter, the Slievenamon was owned by Cargo Steamships Co Ltd, Dublin and was broken up in 1956.
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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900

235

A THORNYCROFT BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK PLATING MODEL FOR THE TUG BOAT ALIDA HARVEY, BUILT FOR ANTOFOGASTA & BOLIVIA RAILWAY CO. LTD., 1911, YARD NUMBER 617

finished in varnish and mounted on an ebonised board for wall hanging -- 44 x 8 in. (112 x 22.5cm.) overall
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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850

238

A PLANKED AND PINNED MODEL OF H.M.S. PICKLE
with planked deck with fittings including compass box, gratings, eight guns in carriages, water barrels and other details, two raked masts with standing and running rigging, mounted on a wooden display base -- 29 x 38in. (73.5 x 96.5cm.)
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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700

239

AN ATTRACTIVE 19TH-CENTURY SAILOR'S MODEL OF THE TWO-MASTED BRIGANTINE STELLA
the hull carved from the solid with lead keel, scored deck, glazed saloon light, companion way, capstan, carved and painted crew, raked masts with standing and running rigging and three ship's boats (loose), secured to cradle stands -- 20 x 29in. (51 x 75cm.) Temporary base and plexi-glass cover -- 21 x 34 x 12in. (53 x 86.5 x 30.5cm.)
Estimate: 500-800

Nil

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240

A WELL MADE LATE 19TH-CENTURY SAILOR'S MODEL OF THE BARQUE IVY

the planked hull with gaps to reveal framing, painted topsides, planked deck with typically nave fittings, bound masts and yards with standing and running rigging, mounted on brass columns within glazed wooden case (later)

22 x 32 x 9in. (57 x 82.5 x 24cm.)
Estimate: 800-1000

Nil

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241

AN ATTRACTIVE EARLY 20TH-CENTURY CARVED WOODEN MODEL OF A KETCH OF CIRCA 1700

the carved hull with wreathed gun ports, scored deck with simple fittings, standing and running rigging, mounted within a glazed wooden case with plaque

17 x 18 x 8in. (43 x 46 x 21.5cm.)
Estimate: 350-500

Nil

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242

A COLLECTION OF MINIATURE WATERLINE MODELS, PROBABLY 19TH-CENTURY
comprising an early-type paddle steamer and five assorted types of sailing vessels with paper sails and watercolour flags, carved hulls, some with dried glue on the underside -- 6 x 6in. (15 x 15cm.) approximately
Estimate: 100-150

Nil

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280

243

A WELL-PRESENTED MODEL OF A SINGLE-HANDED GAFF-RIGGED YAWL
the carved hull with scored decks with brass fittings, masts with stitched linen sails and rig, mounted on a polished mahogany base -- 34 x 39in. (86.5 x 99cm.) overall
Estimate: 300-500

Nil

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50

244

AN R.N.L.I. PRESENTATION MODEL OF THE SAILING AND PULLING LIFEBOAT MICHAEL HENRY, CIRCA 1876
the hull carved from the solid and finished in R.N.L.I. livery, badge and name, scored fruitwood interior with painted fixtures and some fittings, numbered rowing positions and rudder, mounted on original base with engraved brass plate with dedication from the Jewish Scholars Lifeboat Fund dated 14th May, 1879 (wear, parts missing, arrested old restoration) -- 9 x 28in. (23 x 71cm.) overall
Michael Henry was the editor of the Jewish Chronicle and started the fund for this lifeboat. He died in an accidental fire so the lifeboat was presented in his memory.
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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550

245

A 19TH-CENTURY CLINKER-BUILT, POSSIBLY YARD BUILT, MODEL OF A SAILING AND PULLING DINGHY
planked and pinned hull, with internal details including cross boards with metal braces, thwarts, framing, seats, mast steps and other details -- 4 x 21in. (10 x 54.5cm.) Mounted on stand made from an old octant case and retaining remnant trade label for Troughton & Simms
Estimate: 700-900

Nil

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650

246

A BONE AND WOOD MODEL OF THE NEW BEDFORD WHALER DON Q
the planked hull with simulated pinning over wooden frame, the interior replete with oars, mast and sail and whaling equipment, secured to a wooden cradle stand -- 24in. (61cm.) long
Estimate: 500-800

Nil

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750

247

AN ACCURATELY CONSTRUCTED IN:1FT. SCALE MODEL OF A TYPICAL MID 19TH-CENTURY MAN 0'WAR'S SAILING AND PULLING DINGHY
modelled by R. Philips in cherry, mahogany and spruce, the clinker hull fitted internally as appropriate and finished in varnish and white, with a blue boot top, mounted on a stand with four oars and legend -- 9 x 10in. (23.5 x 25.5cm.) Travelling box, certificate
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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248

AN OLD MODEL OF THE SELF-RIGHTING SAILING AND PULLING LIFEBOAT CORNISH LASS
carved from laminated wood with iron keel, scored deck with benches and slatted walkways, collapsed mast and sails, secured to carved cradles (old wear overall) -- 6 x 26in. (16.5 x 67.5cm.) overall
Estimate: 200-400

Nil

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240

249

A WELL-PRESENTED AND DETAILED BUILDER'S-STYLE 1:48 SCALE MODEL OF THE RUSSIAN "VNIMATELNI" CLASS TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER FOREL (VNIMATELNI, 1900)
the carved hull finished in red and black with planked decks, gratings, polished fittings and armament as appropriate, mast and rigging, mounted within a brass-bound glazed case with specification plaque within -- 20 x 51 x 12in. (52.5 x 129.5 x 30.5cm.) overall
One of five in this class, Forel was built by the French yard of Normand and laid down in 1898, but was not completed until 1901. Fitted with four of Normand's own boilers, she had a distinctive outline with two funnel groups and could generate 5,200 horse power to make 26.5 knots at full speed. Displacing 312 tons and measuring 185ft 8in, she carried 1-11pdr, 5-3pdr guns and 2-15in. torpedo tubes on turrets. She was wrecked on 26th May, 1904, three months before the Russo-Japanese War started, and which sank two more of her sisters (Sterlyad and Oestr). The remaining two (Kefal and Losos) were scrapped in 1921.
Estimate: 2000-3000

Nil

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2000

250

AN INTERESTING MODEL OF THE BULGARIAN TORPEDO BOAT LEVSKI (EX-RUSSIAN BYCHOK, 1877)
modelled with a carved hull, polished brass fittings including two boom-mounted torpedoes and a quick-firing gun, divided rudder for propeller shaft with two-bladed propeller, mounted on a small granite base -- 8 x 27in. (20 x 70cm.) overall
Transferred from the Russian navy in 1884, Levski was used as a patrol boat during the Second Balkan and First World Wars. Shortened and re-built with a gasoline engine, she was finally broken up in 1938 after sixty-one years of service.
Estimate: 400-600

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400

251

A 32':1" SCALE WATERLINE MODEL OF THE CELEBRATED FIRST CLASS NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP STELLA POLARIS
modelled by R.A. Wilson with a hull carved from laminated wood and finished in white with planked decks, fittings, superstructure and lifeboats, masts, rigging and funnel as appropriate, depicted steaming in an undulating blue sea within glazed wooden case with labels -- 7 x 21 x 7in. (18 x 54 x 18.5cm.) Carry case; historical data
Famed as the world's first purpose built cruise liner, Stella Polaris enjoyed a long an eventful career from the day she was launched in 1927 to the day she sank under tow to be a hotel in 2006. Fitted with advanced and luxurious accommodation for 200 passengers on normal cruises or 100 on world cruises, she was established as a favourite long before World War II interrupted. Serving as a mess for German officers, with Peace she was re-fitted and continued for another twenty-nine years until sold to Japan for conversion to a floating hotel. She was sold again in 2006 and re-named Scandinavia in order to return to the land that built her to continue as a hotel. En-route she took on water and sank in seventy metres two miles off Wakayama state. Attempts to salvage her have so far been thwarted by a vigorous underwater current.
Estimate: 500-800

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600

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