Model, of steam drifter Violet

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Model, of steam drifter Violet

Steam drifters began to replace sailing boats at the beginning of the 20th century. This wooden model is of the wooden steam drifter 'Violet', built in 1907 by William Geddes of Portgordon in Morayshire for William Watson & Co of Cellardyke. The model was built to a scale of 1:32 by the model maker, Mr P A Rumbelow of Great Yarmouth.

The engine and boilers were aft under the deckhouse, the fish hold below the stored nets, and the crew's quarters in the bows.

A sharp increase in the use of steam drifters at this time came about as a result of a series of profitable herring seasons. The fishermen had more money to invest in the new steam technology. Vessels such as these were popular for the more distant fishing areas off Shetland and East Anglia.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-057-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1953.27
Date: Model: Between 1907 and 1953; Original: 1907
Material: Inscription: VIOLET KY 251
Dimensions: 35.00" L x 7.50" beam
What: Fishing boat / drifter, steam / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Fishing Boats (Departmental Classification)
Who: P.A. Rumbelow, Great Yarmouth (Model maker)
Provost William W. Carstairs, O.B.E., J.P. (Uncle of donor)
Violet (steam drifter)
William Geddes, Portgordon (Builder of original vessel)
William Watson & Co, Cellardyke (Owner of original vessel)
Where: England, Norfolk, Great Yarmouth
Scotland, Banffshire, Portgordon
Scotland, Fife, Cellardyke
Description: Model of the 1907 Scottish steam drifter Violet, KY 251, made by P.A. Rumbelow of Great Yarmouth to a scale of 1:32
  • 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 70. 
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