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Service vessel; Lifeboat; Collapsible lifeboat

Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Lifeboats and lifesaving vessels
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Allpress, H V

Object details:

Object ID SLR1790
Description Full hull design model of a collapsible lifeboat (1914-1918), at a scale of 1:12. The model has a travelling box labelled ‘Courtney and Birkett Builders Southwick Sussex’ on the outside and ‘Class 27/21 A scale model of a folding boat used by the Admiralty before and after the last war (1914-18) for safety precautions. Presented by Major H.V. Allpress RA’ on the inside of the box lid. It was clearly made as a sales model to show prospective ship owners and builders both in the Royal and Merchant navies. This type of lifeboat was developed by the Rev’d Berthon for the Royal Navy, for use where shipboard stowage space was limited. The wooden frame is hinged at the bow and stern, enabling the rubberised canvas-skinned hull to fold flat, longitudinally. It is also fitted with hinged thwarts and benches enabling them to fold flat. These boats were stowed vertically on deck, and several examples are shown on builder’s models of both Royal and Merchant Navy vessels in the Collection, e.g. SLR0114, ‘Boyne’, and SLR1273, HMS ‘Whiting’.
Date made circa 1914

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials wood; cotton; hemp; brass; copper; varnish
Measurements Overall model: 130 x 710 x 210 mm; Travelling case: 145 x 740 x 228 mm
  • Service vessel; Lifeboat; Collapsible lifeboat (SLR1790)
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