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Wooden carry case for a scale clockwork model of the tug SYDNEY COVE

Date: after 1956
Overall: Height: 390 mm, width: 765 mm, depth: 155 mm
Medium: Timber, varnish, glue, felt, brass, leather, nails
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mrs J D Edwards
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Carry case
Object No: 00019253
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Varnished wooden carry case for a scale clockwork model of the tug SYDNEY COVE. It was made in Australia sometime after 1956 and the single red card affixed to the strap reads 'tug, "Sydney cove" / Fenwick & Co. Syd'.
    SignificanceThis timber carry case, and the model it was created for, are representative of sailor-made models that were popular around the time of the 19th century.
    HistoryThis case was made for a clockwork model of the tug SYDNEY COVE, which was built by P K Harris in Devon, England for J Fenwick and Company in 1956. The 105-foot long tug sailed to Sydney under steam and was employed by Fenwicks until 1977 when it was sold to Charter Craft and Marine Services Pty Ltd.

    The model that fits inside this carry case was made by Arthur Joel Cole who served as Coxswain on Royal Navy picquet boats from 1901 to 1913. Sailor-made ship models were a recognised genre of the 19th century, and were often created to represent their maker's ships, sometimes while serving onboard them. The earliest powered models were operated by clockwork and the oldest known example of a clockwork ship model is dated to 1822.

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    Model Maker: Arthur Joel Cole

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