HALF MODEL OF An EXTREME CLIPPER
SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS - 1852?
The ship model 30" L x 2 3/4" W
x 4" Depth
The backboard 35" L x 9" W x 1/2" T
Weight 10 pounds
is a finely made builder's half hull model with six alternating lifts of dark and light Mahogany. It was made
without a backboard and had been hung by two flat brass eyes as is seen in the image above. It had a later coat
of varnish which had begun to peel in places. Because of the beauty of the hull we decided to mount it on an aged
backboard using the original hangers.
It reminds us of the half model of Donald McKay's famous Clipper
Ship Sovereign of the Seas which we sold in 2007, and may be another model of this famous
Half Model of Sovereign of the Seas sold by us in 2007
The original ship was launched on 19 June 1852 at McKay's, East
Boston, MA., ship yard. Built for his own account on speculation, she was immediately sold to Andrew F. Meinke of the ship
broker firm Funch & Meinke, New York.
Sovereign's leading dimensions are as follows:
-- Length of keel 245 feet, on deck, between perpendiculars 258, over all, from the knight-heads to the taffrail, 265'; extreme beam
44', depth 23½ feet, and registers 2421 tons.