Sold for £1,240
Estimated at £600 - £800
A FINE TEAK BLANKET BOX FROM THE STEAM YACHT NORIAN, CIRCA 1910
with rope becket handles, twin locks, brass strap hinges and name plate to front -- overall 19 x 45 x 19in. (48.5 x 114.5 x 48.5cm.); together with three deck blankets with laundry marks for Norian; and a brass steam whistle believed to be from the yacht; key and historical research.
Provenance: A note contained within the chest states that it was bought at the closing down sale of Fox & Haggart Ship Builders.
Built by John Reid & Co., Glasgow in 1910 for William Chrystal, Norian was a 50ft teak steam yacht of 32 tons and fitted with a 20hp steam engine which also ran an electrical lighting system. Latterly one of the 'Little Ships' in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Admiralty hired her as a harbour defence vessel. Renamed by various owners several times, she reverted to her original name and was still Norian when sold to an American, Chadwell O'Connor, in 1966. Still retaining her original steam engine, his attempt to steam her to the U.S. ended in disaster after 22 miles and he was towed back to the U.K. by the Plymouth Lifeboat. A houseboat thereafter, she was finally broken up at Plymouth in 1976.
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Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hesperus'), Tue, 30th Apr 2019
Pictures and Naval - 1-61
Sailor Art - 65-97
Shipwreck and East India Co. - 100-125
Collectables inc. Rowing, Liner and Fittings - 128-167
Ship Models - 250-287
Saturday, 27th April
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Sunday, 28th April
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Monday, 29th April
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Tuesday, 30th April
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