Model, of clipper

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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Model, of clipper.
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Model, of clipper

A clipper is a fast sailing ship, characterised in the mid 19th century by a three-masted square rig. This small wooden model represents a typical clipper from around 1880.

The model was built to a scale of 1:288 by Mr James Gray of Edinburgh.

The name clipper probably comes from the American expression 'to move at a fast clip' and was first used to describe topsail schooners from Baltimore around 1825.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-085-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1960.48
Date: Model: Between 1880 and 1960; Original: Around 1880
Material: Glass case
Dimensions: 13.00" L x 6.25" H x 1.38" beam
What: Ship, sailing / clipper / model / case
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Sailing Ships, post 1760 (Departmental Classification)
Who: James Gray, Edinburgh (Model maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Model of a sailing ship, a clipper, in a glass case
  • 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 33. 
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