Ship model, 'Goodhope' three-masted barquentine, wood / metal / cloth, maker unknown, England, 1925-1935
Ship builders sometimes made models of the boats they built and by the second half of the nineteenth century many shipyards had their own model shops to produce builder's models. By the late 1900s commercial model makers were making more of an appearance, producing model ships, engines and railways.
Many of the ships these models illustrate were integral to the economic development of New South Wales. They carried shells for manufacturing the lime needed for buildings in Sydney as well as thousands of tons of timber for wharf pilings, railway sleepers and mine props. The three masted schooner 'Good Hope' worked at least part of its life for the Merchants Express Line out of San Francisco plying its trade on the Pacific route.
This particular model was purchased in 1944 and forms part of the important A. A. Stewart collection of ship, mechanical, and railway models.
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Geoff Barker, March 2007
Maker unknown. A barquentine is a sailing ship with three or more masts, and with a square rigged foremast and only fore-and-aft rigged sails on the main, mizzen and any other masts.