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Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"
Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"

Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"

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Wooden USS Constitution Limited Tall Ship Model 15"

Product ID: 12131 SKU: Constitution-15-Rico Weight: 3 LB Box Dimensions: 15" L x 3" W x 13" H

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Fine craftsmanship and attention to detail highlight this scale tall model ship replica of “Old Ironsides”, the US Navy’s oldest and most famous fighting tall ship. Whether seated upon a shelf, desk or table, these USS Constitution tall ship models proudly displays their exquisitely-crafted features and indomitable historic and patriotic spirit.

15" Long x 3" Wide x 13" High

Built from scratch by master artisans
High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
Authentic scale lifeboat
23 masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
Wooden display base prominently displays the nameplate: USS Constitution

The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship. Built in 1869, she served as a merchant vessel (the last clipper to be built for that purpose), and then as a training ship until being put on public display in 1954. She is preserved in dry dock at Greenwich in London, but was damaged in a fire on May 21, 2007 while undergoing extensive restoration.

Etymology
The ship is named after the cutty sark (Scots: a short chemise or undergarment). This was the nickname of the fictional character Nannie (also the name of the ship\'s figurehead) in Robert Burns\' 1791 comic poem Tam o\' Shanter. She was wearing a linen cutty sark that she had been given as a child, therefore it was far too small for her. The erotic sight of her dancing in such a short undergarment caused Tam to cry out "Weel done, Cutty-sark", which subsequently became a well known idiom.

History
She was designed by Hercules Linton and built in 1869 at Dumbarton, Scotland, by the firm of Scott & Linton, for Captain John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis; Scott & Linton was liquidated, and she was launched November 22 of that year by William Denny & Brothers.

Cutty Sark was destined for the tea trade, then an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London, with immense profits to the ship to arrive with the first tea of the year. However, she did not distinguish herself; in the most famous race, against Thermopylae in 1872, both ships left Shanghai together on June 18, but two weeks later Cutty Sark lost her rudder after passing through the Sunda Strait, and arrived in London on October 18, a week after Thermopylae, a total passage of 122 days. Her legendary reputation is supported by the fact that her captain chose to continue this race with an improvised rudder instead of putting into port for a replacement, yet was only beaten by one week.

In the end, clippers lost out to steamships, which could pass through the recently-opened Suez Canal and deliver goods more reliably, if not quite so quickly, which proved to be better for business. Cutty Sark was then used on the Australian wool trade. Under the respected Captain Richard Woodget, she did very well, posting Australia-to-Britain times of as little as 67 days. Her best run, 360 nautical miles (666 km) in 24 hours (an average 15kt, 27.75 km/h), was said to have been the fastest of any ship of her size.

In 1895 Willis sold her to the Portuguese firm Ferreira and she was renamed Ferreira after the firm, although her crews referred to her as Pequena Camisola ("little shirt", a straight translation of the Scots "cutty sark"). In 1916 she was dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope, sold, re-rigged in Cape Town as a barquentine, and renamed Maria do Amparo. In 1922 she was bought by Captain Wilfred Dowman, who restored her to her original appearance and used her as a stationary training ship. In 1954 she was moved to a custom-built dry-dock at Greenwich.