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Half model of a typical East Indiaman

Date: 1991
Dimensions:
Overall: 292 x 963 mm, 5.3 kg
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Models
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00015631
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This half model of a typical East Indiaman is constructed of Kauri pine. With their full rounded hulls, merchant ships could take up to 200 days to sail from England while the streamlined clipper took just 69 days.
    SignificanceThis model is representative of commercial vessels in East India and the development of trade between Europe and Asia during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
    HistoryEast Indiamen were built for trade between Europe and Asia from 1600 to the 1830s. The English East India Company had its own dockyard at Deptford, England. The ships were highly decorated with gilding and carvings and known as the most expensive and lavish ships of the day, built as symbols of the East India Company's prestige. The ships were also heavily armed for protection against piracy in the Malay Archipelago and against the ships of rival companies.

    East Indiamen were significant in Australian history because much of the provisions for the infant colony of New South Wales arrived from India and China aboard East Indiamen. In the 1790s, cargoes of grain, rum or meat were sent from India to Sydney on speculation and the East India Company carried cargos of convicts and supplies from England to Sydney.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: HALF MODEL OF A TYPICAL EAST INDIAMAN, AFTER CHAPMAN, FREDERICK

    Web title: Half model of a typical East Indiaman

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    Model Maker: Allan F Tyler

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