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Ship model of FLYING FISH

Date: 1990
Overall: 555 x 730 x 135 mm, 3.2 kg
Display Dimensions: 140 x 750 x 600 mm
Medium: Basswood, acetate, mahogany, maple, brass, linen, boxwood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00008891
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This ship model of the USS FLYING FISH was made by American model maker Michael Condon of the Smithsonian Institute in 1990. The FLYING FISH was one of six vessels which took part in the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838 - 1842.
    SignificanceThe US Exploring Expedition called into Sydney in November 1839 prior to setting off to Antarctica. It was the first visit by ships of the US Navy and was a popular occasion with the colonists.
    HistoryThe 96 tonne USS FLYING FISH, a former New York Pilot boat, accompanied the US Exploring Expedition to the Southern Oceans from 1838 to 1841. Commanded by Lieutenant William M. Walker, the FLYING FISH accompanied the exploring squadron to Australia, and spent December 1839 in Sydney, where five of its seven crew absconded and were not seen again. The schooner sailed to the Antarctic but was driven back because the crew was weakened by sickness and the boat was breaking up. FLYING FISH was eventually sold in Honolulu in February 1841.

    The US Exploring Expedition was the first government funded scientific hydrographic survey undertaken by the United States. It marked an important attempt by America to enter the international scientific community as a major promoter of exploration.
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