Model, of Sheringham crab boat Wild Rose

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Postcard of Model, of Sheringham crab boat Wild Rose.
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Model, of Sheringham crab boat Wild Rose

Sheringham crab boats were commonly found along the north coast of Norfolk from Wells-next-the-sea to Cromer. This wooden model, built to a scale of 1:24 by Mr L Foster of Colchester in Essex, represents the Sheringham crab boat 'Wild Rose' from 1926.

Crabbers had six oar ports cut in the sides so that oars could be passed through them and the boats carried from the sea up the steep beaches of the Norfolk coast.

Early crab boats were built of oak. Larchwood, which was easier to repair, was later substituted when boats began to be used for whelking near the rocks.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-072-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1946.11
Date: Model: Between 1926 and 1945; Original: 1926
What: Crabber, Sheringham / model
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Fishing Boats (Departmental Classification)
Who: L.H. Foster, Chale Cottage, Gore Pit, Kelvedon, Essex (Model maker)
Wild Rose (crabber)
Where: England, Cromer
England, Essex, Kelvedon
Description: Model of Sheringham crabber Wild Rose of Cromer, the original built in 1926, to a scale of 1 in 12
  • 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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