Service vessel; Gravesend tilt boat (circa 1650)

Scale: 1:12. A full hull model of a Gravesend tilt boat (circa 1650), a two-masted passenger vessel, built in lbread and butterl fashion with a painted finish. Model is decked, equipped and fully rigged, with sails set. The model is inscribed ‘Long Perry FCPN f 1951 I.XXIV c1650.’ on the port keel. It is flying red ensign from stern and also illustrates the large canvas tilt, or cover, which was used to protect both the passengers and cargo from the elements when making its way up and down the Thames. It is also fitted with two small masts rigged with spritsails, a sailing rig that is still used by Thames sailing barges today.

Object Details

ID: SLR0360
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model; Sails set
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Naish, Francis Clement Prideaux
Date made: 1951
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model: 298 x 460 x 125 mm; Base: 50 x 480 x 179 mm

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