Sizergh Castle(1903); Cargo vessel

Scale: 1:96. A contemporary full hull model of the tramp steamer 'Sizergh Castle' (1903), built in ‘bread and butter’ fashion in the builder’s style. Model is decked, fully equipped, rigged and mounted on its original baseboard. The hull is inscribed with the name ‘Sizergh Castle’ on port and starboard bows and ‘Sizergh Castle Liverpool’ on stern. It is complete with draught marks bow and stern, a plimsoll line amidships, and is flying a house flag from the top of the mizzenmast.

Originally built as the ‘Scirocco’ by W. Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland, in 1903, it was later renamed in 1913 under the ownership of the Lancashire Shipping Company. Measuring 361 feet in length by 46 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 3747 gross, it was fitted with a steam triple-expansion engine and capable of a speed of 9 knots. Known as a spar deck vessel, the ‘Sizergh Castle’ was built for worldwide tramping with most of its career spent in the employment of two companies. Surviving the First World War, it sprang a leak in heavy weather, took a heavy list to port and foundered in mid Atlantic on 6 October 1919, whilst on a voyage from Galveston, Texas to Antwerp with a cargo of wheat.

Object Details

ID: SLR0054
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Sizergh Castle 1903
Date made: circa 1903
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model: 347 x 1204 x 145 mm; Base: 83 x 1348 x 211 mm

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