Model, of fishing schooner Columbia

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made in Ratho, Midlothian

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Model, of fishing schooner Columbia

This wooden model represents the fishing schooner 'Columbia'. Designed by Boston naval architects Burgess and Paine, the 'Columbia' was built in 1923 at Essex in Massachusetts in the USA. The model was built to a scale of 1:120 by the model maker, Mr J N Cunningham of Ratho in Midlothian.

Schooners like these usually carried five or six dories - small, flat-bottomed boats. Each dorie was manned by a crew of two and carried tubs of baited lines. Catches were transferred to the schooner and packed in ice. This allowed the schooner to remain at sea for two to three months.

The yacht-like lines of 'Columbia' were the result of a century of competition among builders to produce a fast fishing boat, able to withstand the severe gales in the Newfoundland Banks and the Gulf of St Lawrence. 'Columbia' was lost at sea in 1933.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-205-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1933.148
Date: Model: Between 1923 and 1933; Original: 1923
What: Boat / schooner, fishing / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Fishing Boats (Departmental Classification)
Who: Columbia (fishing schooner)
J.M. Cunningham, Newbridge, Ratho Station, Midlothian (Model maker)
Messrs Burgess and Payne (Ship designer)
Messrs Story (Shipbuilder)
Where: Canada, Newfoundland Banks
Scotland, Midlothian, Newbridge
Description: Model of Newfoundland Banks fishing schooner Columbia to a scale of 10 feet to 1 inch, the original designed by Messrs Burgess and Payne of Boston and built by Messrs Story of Essex, Massachusetts
  • 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 68. 
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