Attached are a few pics of this lady I found... I would
say she's obviously privately built, around 1900, and I'd LOVE some info on
the three mast steps, those at the sternmost and nearest the bows being slightly
angled back towards the stern... are we talking two sets of sails here? One
being Bermuda and the other some kind of yawl/cutter setup with two masts?
Detail of e-bay listing: Old model boat hull. Weighted keel (lead?). Well made model in need of restoration. Looks to be complete from deck to keel. Is of plank construction and has brass fittings. Has been attic-stored for the last approx. forty years. This is quite a large item, measuring 53" long x 7"wide x 12" high from keel to deck. I would guess this model is approximately 1930s, but could be earlier. Amazing craftsmanship that needs to be rescued by an enthusiastic model builder Weight about 13kg. Fetched £255 August 2004
VMYG comment from Russell Potts: Probably late 19th century. The size suggests that it might be a 15 Tonner, if built to a Rule.
The multiple mast positions do suggest
two alternative rigs. One would have been a single masted gaff cutter, the
'standard' yacht rig of the period for both model and full size boats. The
other might well have been a yawl, like the one in our heading illustration.
They were favoured by sailors on lakes where guying was an essential part
of the game. You might like to try a latteen mizzen in the MYSA style. True
Bermuda rig is unknown on models before 1914 and gaff rigs persisted well
into the 1920s in a number of places and in a number of classes. There was
one boat recorded as being provided with a so-called bermuda rig in the 1890s,
but it was a tall sail with a miniscule gaff at the head, like the full size
racing open boats of Bermuda.