Mantua Thermopylae Wooden Model Tall Ship Kit 1868

Item Number MA791

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The Thermopylae was an extreme composite clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co of Aberdeen to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London for the White Star Line of Aberdeen.
rThis a double plank-on-bulkhead wooden model ship kit. All parts are laser cut. Comes with limewood and walnut planking strips, walnut masts, cotton rigging and silk screened flag. fittings are machine turned and this has photo-etched brass , copper, and hardwoods . This kit has Two full size sheets of plans which are clearly drawn for easy assembly.
rScale: 1:124
rLength: 22.6 inches
rHeight: 15 inches

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Historical Information

The Thermopylae was one of a series of ships built for the White Star Line of Aberdeen. Not only was she absolutely gorgeous, she was one of the fastest ships of her time. She was designed by Bernard Weymouth of London and constructed in 1868 at the Walter Hood & Co shipyard in Aberdeen. Thermopylae was designed with one thing in mind: speed. The wooden hull was supported with an iron framework that gave her a gross register tonnage of 991 (one register ton is a measure of volume equivalent to 100 cubic feet). Once placed in water, she was the fastest clipper of her day. She proved this on her maiden voyage. It only took 63 days to reach Melbourne, Australia, from Gravesend, England. Her primary role was to be used in the tea trading business. Speed was of the utmost importance as competition was fierce. The only ship that was considered as a serious threat to Thermopylae' reputation was Cutty Sark. Thermopylae won the first in a series of races but Cutty Sark won all the rest.