Emelia (1889); Merchant vessel; Cargo vessel; Two-masted schooner

Scale: 1:50. A modern exhibition model of the Baltic galeas ‘Emelia’ (1889). It is fully rigged with sails bent onto the yards and mounted its original wooden glazed display case. On deck are a number of fittings including two wooden gangplanks with sack barrows for loading and unloading the cargo.

The ‘Emelia’ was built in the parish of Hammarland in the Åland Islands and had a tonnage of sixty-five registered. This type of vessel was developed on the coasts of Sweden and Finland in the areas at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia where the two-masted fore and aft schooner-rig proved handy to work by a crew of two, similar to the sprit rig of the Thames sailing barges in the UK. They were employed in carrying firewood for their farmer owners’ wood lots to Stockholm and Abo. After 1890, they were increasingly in the general coastal trade of the eastern Baltic.

Object Details

ID: SLR1199
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model; Sails set
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Victor Andersson, Victor; Andersson, Viktor
Vessels: Emelia 1889
Date made: 1975
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 605 x 745 x 150 mm

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