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The mahogany and deal shaped laminated hull with rudder, the whole applied to a beech backboard
Late 19th Century
Size: 14cm high, 61cm wide, 8.5cm deep – 5½ ins high, 24 ins wide, 3¼ ins deep
Some craftsmen specialised in building model yachts and half block models, which were complete in every structural detail. The half hull would be carved from a block of wood composed of individual planks glued together, each plank of the exact thickness to represent a yard or metre in the model. When varnished the half hull block might have alternate layers of wood from dark to light, as in this example, so that from stem to stern the waterlines and buttock lines could be clearly seen. Half block models generally remained in the possession of the shipyard and would subsequently help potential customers to choose the type of ship they required.