HMTS Monarch (1946); Service vessel; Cableship

Scale: 1:192. Made by an amateur modelmaker from original builder’s plans, the model depicts the ‘Monarch’ (1946) in a realistic ‘sea’ and laying a cable from her stern. It is an enthusiastic interpretation of the ship and highly detailed, given its diminutive scale, suggesting that the modelmaker was associated with the ship herself.

The fourth cable ship bearing the name, HMTS ‘Monarch’ was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson and handed over to the General Post Office (GPO) in 1946. She was the largest cable ship afloat with four cable tanks each 41 feet in diameter, having a storage capacity of 125,000 cubic feet and providing storage for 2500 nautical miles of deep-sea telegraph cable. All the cable machinery, which consisted of a double picking up-paying machine forward and a single paying out machine aft, was electrically driven. Following a long career laying and servicing telegraph cables underneath the oceans of the world, she was sold for scrap in 1977.

Object Details

ID: SLR1609
Collection: Ship models
Type: Waterline model; Rigged model; Scenic model
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ebbage, C. W.
Vessels: Monarch (1946)
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model and case: 350 x 995 x 310 mm

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