Model, of auxiliary frigate

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Model, of auxiliary frigate

During the 19th century steam engines began to be fitted to warships, to provide auxiliary power in the event of poor winds. This wooden model represents a screw-driven auxiliary frigate from around 1850. A frigate is three-masted fully rigged vessel with up to 50 guns.

Built to a scale of 1:120, the contemporary model has bone masts and spars.

When they decided to introduce steam power, the warship designers were unsure whether to fit paddles or screw propellers. A tug-of-war was organised in 1845 between a paddle steamer and a screw steamer. The screw steamer won and this model was built shortly afterwards.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-200-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1925.32
Date: c. 1850 - 1860
Model & original: Around 1850
Material: Wood, bone masts and spars
Dimensions: 13.00" H x 18.25" max L x 2.88" B (hull)
What: Frigate / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Steam and Motor Ships (Departmental Classification)
Description: Contemporary model in wood and bone of an auxiliary frigate of the period 1850 - 1860
  • Storer, J D. Ship Models in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh: A catalogue of models representing the history of shipping from 1500 BC to the present day. Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Museum Information Series, 1985, p 43. 
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