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Monarch of Bermuda (1931); Merchant vessel; Passenger liner (Full hull model; Rigged model)

SLR0026
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Gallery locationStorage - KB (Floor plans)
VesselsMonarch of Bermuda (1931)

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Object ID SLR0026
Description Scale: 1:48. Full hull shipbuilder's model of the passenger liner Monarch of Bermuda (1931). The model is intricately made and highly detailed and is decked, equipped, and rigged. The hull is painted a dark red/brown below the waterline with a green boot topping and thin white line, and has lavender topsides up to deck level. It is painted white from deck level to the superstructure with ornate balustrades, creamy yellow decking, and planking that has been lined in ink. The hull is complete with quadruple screws, a pair of bilge keels and two pairs of companionways rigged over the side. The three funnels are painted black with two red bands and are supported by wire stays situated above the boat deck. The foremast includes two interesting features; a sliver plated cockerel on top of the cap, and the lookout half way down the mast just below where the halyards are rigged for operating the cargo derricks. A large proportion of the equipment such as anchor gear, winches, and rigging blocks have been silver plated, whilst other fittings such as the lifeboats (16 in total), bridge superstructure, and rope lockers are finished in a natural varnished wood. The numerous windows and portholes are represented with mirrored glass as well as clear glass which allows inspection of the various public areas internally. Fittings include poultry pens, tables and chairs set out on verandas, and a high fenced area for deck ball games such as tennis. The whole model is mounted on four bronze turned pillars on a wooden baseboard within its original bespoke glazed wooden display case. There is a plaque which is inscribed: "This model is on loan from Vickers Limited Shipbuilding Group Barrow Shipbuilding Works Barrow-in-Furness Lancashire" and "Scale 1/4" to 1 foot QTEV Monarch of Bermuda built by Vickers-Armstrong Limited Newcastle-upon-Tyne for Furness Withy & Co Ltd Completed November 1931 Length overall 579ft-6" Length between perpendiculars 553ft-2" Breadth moulded 76ft-6" Depth moulded to "C" deck 43ft-3" Gross tonnage 22, 424 tons Service speed 20 knots Shaft horse power 19, 000".
Date made circa 1931

Artist/Maker Vickers-Armstrongs Limited
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. On Loan from BAE Systems
Materials wood; organic: cotton; metal: brass; metal: silver; inorganic: glass; paint; coating: varnish, mirrored glass
Measurements Overall model and case: 1820 x 4190 x 910 mm; Base: 456 x 4105 x 822 mm
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  • Monarch of Bermuda (1931); Merchant vessel; Passenger liner (Full hull model; Rigged model) (SLR0026)
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