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City of Benares (1936); Merchant vessel; Passenger/cargo liner (Full hull model; Rigged model)

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Collection Ship models, Passenger vessels
User collections Re┬ĚThink Migration by marre986
Gallery locationStorage - Chatham (Floor plans)
PeopleLender: Ellerman Lines Ltd
EventsWorld War II: Sinking of the City of Benares, 1940
VesselsCity of Benares (1936)

Object details:

Object ID SLR0024
Description Scale: 1:48. A full hull shipbuilder's model of the passenger/cargo liner City of Benares (1936). The hull has been painted a dark maroon below the waterline with a broad brick red band above it and pale grey upper works. There are two companionways rigged on both sides of the model. The name "City of Benares" appears on the port and starboard bows and on the port and starboard gangways."City of Benares" and "Glasgow" appear on the stern. The model is highly detailed with the centre part of the ship accommodating eight lifeboats on davits, and two funnels painted in Ellerman Lines colours which are black, white, and buff. There are four small derricks and six winches that operate them. The forward derrick services two hatches. There are a further two hatches aft serviced by large derricks and one of the hatches is depicted being used as a swimming pool. Forward of the swimming pool area there is a cafe with a number of wicker tables and chairs. All the decks have been planked in wood and there are seven wooden benches around the edge of the pool. All the ventilators have been painted white with red inserts. Many of the fittings including illumination lamps, winch details, and the ensign staff have been silver plated. The model is mounted on four pillar supports and displayed in its original mahogany display case. Two prominent information plaques and the frosted glass of the rear panel conceal the fact that the depicted vessel has only a single propeller. The plaques are inscribed ""City of Benares" built for Ellerman Lines Ltd by Barclay Curle & Co Ltd Glasgow. Gross tonnage 11, 100 tons".
Date made circa 1936

Artist/Maker Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd
Place made Glasgow
Credit On loan to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; cotton; brass; silver; glass; celluloid; paint; varnish
Measurements Overall model and base: 660 x 3370 x 695 mm; Original case: 1195 x 3315 x 650 mm
  • City of Benares (1936); Merchant vessel; Passenger/cargo liner (Full hull model; Rigged model) (SLR0024)
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