The Nantucket Whaler.......Essex
Inspiring the great novel Moby - Dick by author Herman Melville
the New England whaling ship " Essex " was sunk by a giant whale
in 1820. Only 88 ft long and 239 tons she was small for a whale ship.
Introducing Thermopylae a replica of the extreme clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co. of Aberdeen to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London for the White Star Line.
Thermopylae measured 212 ft x 36ft x 20.9ft. She was designed for the China tea trade and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne- 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail.
In 1872 she raced the clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. Thermopylae was acknowledged to be the fastest ship afloat.
In 1895 she was sold to Portugal and used as a naval training ship. The Portuguese Navy torpedoed hear at sea in 1906.
Her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of only an informed few.
Her hull is hand carved and is copper sheathed with over 300 copper plates. Her deck fittings, railings, anchors, deck houses and life boats all hand carved from basswood and mahogany. It is authentically rigged with appropriate split - topsail yards.
From stern to tip of bowsprit she measures just over 9 inches in length. Her sails are white sail cloth linen.
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, after it collided with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
Thermopylae's hull is plated with over 300 individual copper plates
Titanic 1:570 scale in a bottle
Updated September 14, 2018
A Four-Masted Topsail Barquentine Schooner. The training vessel used by The Royal Spanish Navy. Launched in March 1927 she is 371 ft in length and sails with a compliment of 300 sailors and 90 midshipmen.
Watch for updates as this particular build will become a handsome desk lamp