Model, of barque Ross-shire

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Postcard of Model, of barque Ross-shire.
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Model, of barque Ross-shire

A barque was a three to five-masted square-rigged vessel, the most popular rig for a medium-sized merchant ship. This wooden model, placed inside a bottle, is of the barque 'Ross-shire', a vessel which sailed the clipper routes from 1891. 'Ross-shire' was built by Scott of Greenock for the Shire line.

The model has four masts and is fitted with sails. It was built to a scale of 1:48 by Mr J Brown of Leith.

While sailing the clipper routes, 'Ross-shire' was under the command of Captain Andrew Baxter. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve 1900, when returning from Australia to load nitrate at Pisagua in Chile, she caught fire and sank at her moorings.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-100-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1935.34
Date: Model: Between 1891 and 1935; Original: 1891
What: Ship / barque / model / bottle
Subject: 23. SHIPPING, Unusual Models (Departmental Classification)
Who: J. Brown, Leith (Model maker)
S.S. Ross-shire
Scott of Greenock (Builders of original ship)
Shire Line (Owner of original ship)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Leith
Description: Model of the 1891 S.S. Ross-shire, a four-masted barque of the Shire Line, set up inside a narrow necked bottle, made by J. Brown of Leith to a scale of 1:480
  • 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 94. 
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