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Model, of barque Ross-shire

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made in Leith

Model, of barque Ross-shire
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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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