Brig (1840); Passenger/cargo vessel; Snow

Scale: 1:32. A contemporary full hull model of sailing merchantman (circa 1840), complete with a full suit of sails of which are modern and added in 1963. The hull is fully equipped on deck including a full set of boats, anchors and the handling gear, accommodation and deckhouses, and a full-length male figurehead on the bow.

In the past, this model was restored and the sails added when it was set in a scenic diorama depicting how ships operated in little or no wind. It is shown setting all the sails, including stunsails on either side of the main sails on three levels, which were employed in light airs or when a ship was becalmed due to lack of wind. To provide a better sense of scale and realism for the diorama, a number of crew were added: working the rig, performing duties on deck, and two boat crews, one making ready the cutter to launch and another afloat towing the ship.

This vessel is snow-rigged which means that an additional small vertical spar is mounted on the after side of the mainmast which made handling the large driver or spanker sail easier to handle. These ships carried a variety of cargoes both around the coast and worldwide, as well as the transportation of people for the emigrant trade.

Object Details

ID: SLR0142
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model; Sails set
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Date made: Circa 1840
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Exploration and Cultural Encounters
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 2008 x 2743 x 1068 mm

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