Ivory Model Ships

By L G Carr Laughton, published July 1913


The article begins with a consideration of whether or not a model ship held in Holland represents the Prince of Wales as is claimed. Differences between the model and what is known of the battleship, such as the number of gun ports are described. Other possible identifications for the model, such as the French L’Orient are suggested. The nature of the so called  ‘ivory model ‘ is discussed; they were French or American prisoner of war models and the ‘Ivory’ was, in fact, beef bone. They were often very accurate although the prisoner craftsmen would have little opportunity to make the model to scale.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

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