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Ship Models
Viking knörr
   
This model is of a Viking trading ship or knörr, under sail and close-hauled on the starboard tack (starboard = the side the ‘steering board’ or rudder is on; the other side is clear to go alongside in ‘port’). They could sail surprisingly close to the wind with their single square sail. The hull is modeled on one of five ships discovered by archaeologists in the mud of Roskilde fjord in Denmark. They were sunk there deliberately to block the channel to Viking-age raiders from other places. The remains of the hulls are preserved in a museum in Roskilde, which my daughter & son-in-law visited and brought me back the plans. Building a clinker hull was a really interesting challenge as well as carving the oars and other accessories. An unusual model, and a lot of fun to make.
Golden Hind (150mm, 6”)
 
How this ever survived traveling around the world beats me. I built it when I was 12 (in 1953). Apart from an occasional repaint of faded ink colors on the paper sails and the replacement of a few cannons, it is still intact. The paper sails are very brittle by now. The cannons are tubular ‘bugle’ beads; the blocks are small red beads. The hull and stand are made of genuine English Oak which my father found from somewhere. This is a model of the ship in which Sir Walter Raleigh circumnavigated the world.
Scottish Maid
    
A beautiful brigantine built from a kit. However, it still contained many challenges with a double-planked hull and accurate rigging. Scottish Maid was one of the first ships with a ‘clipper bow’ and designed for speed in trading around the English coast. The advances in design were carried forward into the China Tea Clippers such as Cutty Sark and Thermopylae.

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