The Ashmolean Ship Model

By Alistair Roach, published May 2007

Abstract

The Ashmolean Museum houses the oldest English ship model in existence, although its provenance and raison d’être has never been fully established. Details of the model, and restoration work carried out, are given as well as opinions on its provenance. Photographs are also provided showing the condition before and after restoration. The paper seeks to recognise the importance of this, and other ship models in general. It also advances a new hypothesis that the Ashmolean model may have been based on the pinnace Mercury, (built by Phineas Pett) and possibly constructed on board that vessel during her voyage to Algiers in 1621.

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Filed under: Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

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