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Samuel Enderby (1834); Hunting vessel; Whaler

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Collection Ship models, Fishing and hunting vessels
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsSamuel Enderby 1834

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Object ID SLR0748
Description Scale: 1:24. A contemporary full hull model of the whaling vessel ‘Samuel Enderby’ (1834) built plank on frame with a number of deck fittings including deadeyes and planking on the upper wales in bone or ivory. An incredibly rare feature of this model is that during its restoration in 1947, a note by the maker's son (also called Samuel) was found inside which read: ‘This model built by Sam White, West Cowes, Isle of Wight Completed Christmas one thousand eight hundred and thirty five presented to messrs. Charles, Henry and George Enderby being a model of the ship called “Samuel Enderby” (their father) built by my father for the South Seas Whale Fishery in 1834. Sailed 1st voyage to South Seas Oct. 1834 and I am satisfied you who will read will say, well poor fellow he has been dead years, yes and I remember your breath is in his nostrils, in a short time you will be remembered with Sam White therefore prepare while you live to die, that your death may be one which shall secure to you a lasting eternity of endless bliss – Goodnight Sam White born 1815’. The actual vessel was originally ship rigged and measured 107 feet in length by 30 feet in the beam and had a tonnage of 422 gross. It changed hands in 1839 and was converted to a barque and used exclusively as a whaler. After several more changes of ownership, the ‘Samuel Endery’ was finally broken up in 1870.
Date made 1835

Artist/Maker White, Samuel
Place made Cowes
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood: fruit; organic: bone; paint; coating: varnish; ivory?
Measurements Overall model: 310 x 1206 x 195 mm; Base: 105 x 700 x 255 mm
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