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Service vessel; Snake boat

Ship models

Object connections:

Collection Ship models
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Tea: breaking into the tea trade by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID AAE0143
Description Scale: approximately 1:13. A model of a Chinese snake boat, used as a smuggling vessel in the Canton Delta, Kwangtung. The model is made entirely in wood which has been varnished a dark brown finish. The hull is formed of wide planks, is shallow draughted and double-ended, and has a plank keel. The gunwales do not meet at the bow and stern but terminate so that there is a gap between them. There are six thole pins on either side but the gaps between them are not regular nor are the port and starboard thole pins placed symmetrically. There are three thwarts and provision for at least one mast. There are two uncovered stowage areas at the bow and stern. A fenestrated rudder is set at a 45 degree angle at the top of which is a tiller facing 45 degrees to stern. The model is equipped with four oars and two short wide-bladed paddles, all with handles. The model is mounted on a pair of crutches, each formed from two brass wires whose supports are 'barley twists'. The crutches are attached to a rectangular bevelled wooden baseboard with bun feet. On a paper label attached to the baseboard "5".
Date made 19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Canton
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood
Measurements Overall: 98 x 595 x 127 mm
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