Model, of yacht

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Model, of yacht

This wooden sailing model is of a cutter-rigged yacht from around 1920. It is built to a scale of 1:32.

The yacht has a gaff mainsail and three headsails or jibs. The gaff is the spar which extends the upper edge of a four-sided fore-and-aft sail. The jib is the triangular sail before the mast or foremast. The model has a wooden hollow hull, a metal keel and incorporates an automatic rudder controlled by a balance weight. Under the weight is a plate inscribed 'BAB'.

Sailing models come in many shapes and sizes and in varying degrees of sophistication. They are a familiar sight on city ponds.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-236-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1977.60
Date: Model: between around 1920 and 1977; Original: around 1920
Material: Wooden hull, metal keel. Inscription: BAB
Dimensions: 34.00" H x 29.00" x 5.50"
What: Yacht / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Unusual Models (Departmental Classification)
Who: BAB (Inscribed on the model)
Description: Model of a yacht, or cutter, with a gaff main-sail and three heads-sails
  • 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 95. 
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