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.
Thermopylae's hull is plated with over 300 individual copper plates
Titanic 1:570 scale in a bottle
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.
The flagship of English pirate Blackbeard.
In November of 1717 Blackbeard captured the French ship La Concorde. At that time she sailed with 16 cannon was 104ft in length and weighed 300 tons. He refitted her by removing her superstructure to create more deck space which enabled the ship to carry 40 guns. She was the most formidable pirate ship of it's time.