Model, of minesweeper HMS Carstairs

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Model, of minesweeper HMS Carstairs

This wooden model represents 'HMS Carstairs', a Hunt class minesweeper built in 1919 by Bow, McLachlan & Co of Paisley. The model is built to a scale of 1:48.

'Carstairs' had a crew of 73 men and officers. She was 70 metres long and had a displacement of 810 tons. Her triple-expansion engines gave her a speed of 16 knots. She was fitted with Yarrow boilers and could carry 185 tons of coal. She was originally armed with one four-inch and one 12-pounder gun.

The Hunt class was the largest class of First World War minesweepers and over 100 vessels were built. They worked in pairs, towing a steel cable between them from the gallows at the stern. This cable swept the water free of mines.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-081-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1954.L.16
Date: Model: Between 1919 and 1954; Original: 1919
What: Ship / minesweeper / model
Who: British Admiralty (Owners of original)
Messrs Bow, McLachlan and Company (Builders of original)
Description: Model of a minesweeper, built by Messrs Bow, McLachlan & Co. for the British Admiralty, scale 1:48
  • 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 48. 
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