Tue, 7th Jul 2020 10:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Unshaken)

 
  Lot 34
 

34

A WELL-PRESENTED 1:48 SCALE BUILDER'S STYLE MODEL OF LIBERTY SHIP JEREMIAH O'BRIEN BUILT BY THE NEW ENGLAND SHIPBUILDING CORP., SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE FOR THE US GOVERNMENT IN 56 DAYS , 1943

A WELL-PRESENTED 1:48 SCALE BUILDER'S STYLE MODEL OF THE FAMOUS LIBERTY SHIP JEREMIAH O'BRIEN BUILT BY THE NEW ENGLAND SHIPBUILDING CORP., SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE FOR THE US GOVERNMENT IN 56 DAYS IN 1943

modelled by Norman Hill (admiralty modeller), bespoke pre-formed hull, with bilge keel, brass propeller and rudder, the topsides, deck and fittings finished in battleship grey and including fore and aft 5in./3in. guns with anti-aircraft nests, covered hatches, rigged derricks with lookout, winches, carly floats on quick release ramps, bridge with overbridge with binnacle and helm, stayed funnel, ventilators, four covered lifeboats in derricks, and other details; mounted within glazed case with maker's plate, overall measurements -- 20 x 60 x 13½in. (51 x 152.5 x 34cm.)

Built in just 56 days in 1943 by the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in Maine, the Jeremiah O'Brien (named for a War of Independence hero) was one of 2,719 'Liberty' ships built; took part in the D-Day landings and is now one of just three still operational today. Registered at nearly 16,000 tons, she was 441½ft long with a 57ft beam and drew 27ft 9in, she could steam at 11kts and was armed with 5in and 3in bow-stern guns and eight 20mm anti-aircraft guns. In 1946, she was mothballed in reserve for 33 years, before the idea of preserving unaltered Liberty ships took hold in the 1970s and today she is preserved, in working order, in San Francisco – her engines were used to record the engine room scenes in the 1997 film of Titanic.

Sold for £6,820
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report

Fine overall condition.

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A WELL-PRESENTED 1:48 SCALE BUILDER'S STYLE MODEL OF THE FAMOUS LIBERTY SHIP JEREMIAH O'BRIEN BUILT BY THE NEW ENGLAND SHIPBUILDING CORP., SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE FOR THE US GOVERNMENT IN 56 DAYS IN 1943

modelled by Norman Hill (admiralty modeller), bespoke pre-formed hull, with bilge keel, brass propeller and rudder, the topsides, deck and fittings finished in battleship grey and including fore and aft 5in./3in. guns with anti-aircraft nests, covered hatches, rigged derricks with lookout, winches, carly floats on quick release ramps, bridge with overbridge with binnacle and helm, stayed funnel, ventilators, four covered lifeboats in derricks, and other details; mounted within glazed case with maker's plate, overall measurements -- 20 x 60 x 13½in. (51 x 152.5 x 34cm.)

Built in just 56 days in 1943 by the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in Maine, the Jeremiah O'Brien (named for a War of Independence hero) was one of 2,719 'Liberty' ships built; took part in the D-Day landings and is now one of just three still operational today. Registered at nearly 16,000 tons, she was 441½ft long with a 57ft beam and drew 27ft 9in, she could steam at 11kts and was armed with 5in and 3in bow-stern guns and eight 20mm anti-aircraft guns. In 1946, she was mothballed in reserve for 33 years, before the idea of preserving unaltered Liberty ships took hold in the 1970s and today she is preserved, in working order, in San Francisco – her engines were used to record the engine room scenes in the 1997 film of Titanic.

Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Unshaken), Tue, 7th Jul 2020

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