Model No. 706: Columbia Lifeboat

Model No. 706


Model by: NGH
Made when: July 1899 (?)
Stated model scale: 1/12
Model length (ca.): 14.4" (36.5cm)
Implied vessel LOA at 1/12 (ca.): 14' 5" (4.4m)
Power/Sail: P/S
Vessel Type: Columbia electric launch (5); Columbia power tender (16); Columbia rowboat (122); Columbia sailing dinghy (43); Columbia dinghy (12); Columbia lifeboat (10)
Hull Configuration: Unknown (35); No centerboard (127); Centerboard (46)
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room North Wall Right

Vessels from this model:
208 built, modeled by NGH
#190101ep [Electric Launch for #224p Eugenia IV] (1901)
#190202ep [Electric Launch for #215p Roamer] (1902)
#190203ep [Power Tender for #216p Zinganee] (1902)
#190302ep [Electric Launch for #222p Parthenia] (1903)
#190303ep [Power Tender for #222p Parthenia] (1903)
#190304ep [Electric Launch for #224p Eugenia IV] (1903)
#190305ep [Electric Launch for #230p Wana] (1903)
#190306ep [Power Tender for #590s Ingomar] (1903)
#190307ep [Power Tender for #590s Ingomar] (1903)
#190308ep [Power Tender for #590s Ingomar] (1903)
#190309ep [Power Tender for #591s Irolita I] (1903)
#190401ep [Power Tender for #247p Sea Urchin] (1905)
#190901ep Cormorant Rose [Power Tender for #267p Enaj III] (1909, Extant)
#191001ep [Power Tender for #224p Eugenia IV] (1910)
#191003ep [Power Tender for #703s Flying Cloud] (1910)
#191201ep [Power Tender Job6332] (1912)
#191302ep [Power Tender for #289p Dianthus] (1913)
#191303ep [Power Tender for #716s Samuri] (1913)
#189902es [Dinghy for #499s Columbia] (1899)
#189904es [Dinghy for #203p Scout] (1899)
#189905es [Dinghy for #205p Eugenia III] (1899)
#189906es [Dinghy for #207p Mirage] (1899)
#189907es [Dinghy for #208p Florence] (1900)
#189910es [Dinghy for #520s Athene] (1899)
#189911es [Dinghy for #520s Athene] (1899)
#189912es [Dinghy for #529s Mineola] (1899)
#189913es [Dinghy for #533s Virginia] (1899)
#189914es [Dinghy for #534s Yankee] (1899)
#190004es [Port Dinghy for #205p Eugenia III] (1900)
#190005es [Dinghy for #206p Iona] (1900)
#190006es [Dinghy for #208p Florence] (1900)
#190007es [Dinghy for #551s Constitution] (1900)
#190008es [Dinghy for #551s Constitution] (1900)
#190102es [Dinghy for #213p Quickstep] (1901)
#190103es [Dinghy for #553s Humma] (1901)
#190104es [Dinghy for #560s Young Miss] (1901)
#190105es [Dinghy for #561s Notos] (1901)
#190106es [Dinghy for #562s Evelyn] (1901)
#190107es [Dinghy for #563s Praxilla] (1901)
#190108es [Dinghy for #564s Arabian (Arrabian)] (1901)
#190109es [Dinghy for #565s Quakeress II] (1901)
#190110es [Dinghy for #566s Aria (Arria)] (1901)
#190111es [Dinghy for #567s Pontiac] (1901)
#190112es [Dinghy for #569s Mashnee] (1901)
#190113es [Dinghy for #570s Zingara] (1901)
#190114es [Dinghy for #571s Larikin] (1901)
#190115es [Dinghy for #572s Wahtawah] (1901)
#190116es [Dinghy for #576s Anita] (1901)
#190201es [Port Boat for #215p Roamer] (1902)
#190202es [Dinghy for #215p Roamer] (1902)
#190203es [Dinghy for #216p Zinganee] (1902)
#190204es [Dinghy for #222p Parthenia] (1902)
#190205es [Dinghy for #222p Parthenia] (1902)
#190206es [Dinghy for #429s Navahoe] (1902)
#190207es [Dinghy for #578s Azor] (1902)
#190208es [Dinghy for #580s Trivia] (1902)
#190209es [Dinghy for #583s Game Cock (Gamecock)] (1902)
#190210es [Dinghy for #592s Kuwana] (1902)
#190211es [Dinghy for #593s Astrild] (1902)
#190212es [Dinghy for #594s Zara] (1902)
#190213es [Dinghy for #595s Joker] (1902)
#190214es [Dinghy for #596s Bat] (1902, Extant)
#190215es [Dinghy for #597s Ben] (1902)
#190216es [Dinghy for #598s Curlew] (1902)
#190217es [Dinghy for #599s Indian] (1902)
#190218es [Dinghy for #600s Flight] (1902)
#190219es [Dinghy for #601s Red Wing (Redwing)] (1902)
#190220es [Dinghy for #602s Cricket] (1902)
#190221es [Dinghy for #603s Scud] (1902)
#190222es [Dinghy for #604s Papoose III] (1902)
#190223es [Dinghy for #605s Reliance] (1902)
#190304es [Dinghy for #203p Scout] (1903)
#190305es [Dinghy for #231p Adrienne?] (1903)
#190306es [Dinghy for #232p Helvetia II] (1903)
#190308es [Dinghy for #236p Express] (1903)
#190309es [Dinghy for #244p Little Sovereign] (1903)
#190310es [Dinghy for #244p Little Sovereign] (1903)
#190311es [Dinghy for #499s Columbia] (1903)
#190312es [Dinghy for #590s Ingomar] (1903)
#190313es [Dinghy for #591s Irolita I] (1903)
#190403es [11ft 6in Columbia Rowboat] (1904)
#190404es [11ft 6in Columbia Rowboat] (1904)
#190405es [Columbia Dinghy Job2971] (1904)
#190406es [Columbia Dinghy Job3375 a] (1904)
#190407es [Columbia Dinghy Job3375 b] (1904)
#190408es [Columbia Dinghy Job3375 c] (1904)
#190409es [Columbia Rowboat Job3131 a] (1904)
#190410es [Columbia Rowboat Job3131 b] (1904)
#190411es [Columbia Sailing Dinghy Job3093] (1904)
#190412es [Dinghy for HMCo Stock] (1904)
#190413es [Dinghy for HMCo Stock] (1904)
#190414es [Dinghy for HMCo Stock] (1904)
#190415es [Dinghy for #208p Florence] (1904)
#190416es [Dinghy for #244p Little Sovereign] (1904)
#190417es [Dinghy for #244p Little Sovereign] (1904)
#190418es [Dinghy for #616s Bambino] (1904)
#190419es [Dinghy for #619s Wasaka] (1904)
#190420es [Dinghy for #621s Margaret] (1904)
#190422es [Dinghy for #622s Curlew] (1904)
#190423es [Dinghy for #625s Doris] (1905)
#190424es [Dinghy for #625s Doris] (1905)
#190425es [Dinghy for #634s Suzetta III] (1905)
#190503es [Dinghy for #635s Adelaide II] (1905, Extant)
#190504es [Columbia Dinghy Job3423] (1905)
#190505es [Columbia Dinghy Job3570] (1905)
#190506es [Columbia Rowboat Job3375 e] (1905)
#190507es [Columbia Rowboat Job3375 f] (1905)
#190508es [Columbia Rowboat Job3375 g] (1905)
#190509es [Columbia Rowboat Job3807 a] (1905)
#190510es [Columbia Rowboat Job3807 b] (1905)
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#190513es [Dinghy for #624s Sonya] (1905)
#190514es [Dinghy for #631s Dahinda] (1905)
#190515es [Dinghy for #636s Linnet] (1905)
#190516es [Dinghy for #637s Nautilus] (1905)
#190518es [Dinghy for #646s Kotic] (1905)
#190601es [Columbia Dinghy Job4152] (1906)
#190602es [Columbia Dinghy Job4208] (1906)
#190603es [Columbia Rowboat Job4210] (1906)
#190605es [Dinghy for HMCo Stock] (1906)
#190606es [Dinghy for #437s Vigilant] (1906)
#190607es [Dinghy for #636s Linnet] (1906)
#190609es [Dinghy for #658s Irolita II] (1906)
#190610es [Dinghy for #658s Irolita II] (1906)
#190611es [Dinghy for #663s Istalena] (1906)
#190612es [Dinghy for #663s Istalena] (1906)
#190613es [Dinghy for #664s Winsome] (1906)
#190614es [Dinghy for #664s Winsome] (1906)
#190615es [Dinghy for #665s Neith] (1906)
#190616es [Dinghy for #665s Neith] (1906)
#190701es [Dinghy for #261p Wave] (1907)
#190702es [Dinghy for #261p Wave] (1907)
#190703es [Dinghy for #532s Rainbow] (1907)
#190705es [Dinghy for #666s Avenger] (1907)
#190706es [Dinghy for #667s Aurora] (1907)
#190707es [Dinghy for #667s Aurora] (1907)
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#190803es [Dinghy for #681s Au Revoir] (1908)
#190902es [Dinghy for William Gilman Low] (1909)
#190903es [Dinghy for #267p Enaj III] (1909)
#190904es [Dinghy for #268p Canvasback] (1909)
#190907es [Dinghy for #674s Flicker] (1909)
#190909es [Dinghy for #685s Adventuress] (1909)
#190910es [Dinghy for #688s Senta] (1909)
#190911es [Captains Gig for #692s Westward] (1909)
#190912es [Dinghy for #692s Westward] (1909)
#191001es [Dinghy for S. P. Colt] (1910)
#191003es [Dinghy for #698s Vagrant] (1910)
#191004es [Dinghy for #698s Vagrant] (1910)
#191005es [Dinghy for #703s Flying Cloud] (1910)
#191006es [Dinghy for #706s Elena] (1910)
#191102es [Columbia Dinghy Job6260] (1911)
#191103es [Columbia Rowboat Job6259] (1911)
#191105es [Dinghy for #625s Doris] (1911)
#191107es [Captains Gig for #706s Elena] (1911)
#191201es [Columbia Dinghy Job6342] (1912)
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#191203es [Dinghy for #288p Helianthus I] (1912)
#191205es [Dinghy for #711s Ventura?] (1912)
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#191211es [Dinghy for #714s Pleione?] (1912)
#191213es [Dinghy for #715s Grayling] (1912)
#191215es [Dinghy for #716s Samuri?] (1912)
#191217es [Dinghy for #717s Barbara?] (1912)
#191219es [Dinghy for #720s Acushla?] (1912)
#191221es [Dinghy for #215p Roamer] (1912)
#191304es Dinghy for W. W. Phinney] (1913)
#191306es [Dinghy for #719s Vagrant II] (1913)
#191308es [Dinghy for #722s Katoura] (1913)
#191309es [Dinghy for #722s Katoura] (1913)
#191310es [Dinghy for #725s Resolute] (1913)
#191311es [Dinghy for #725s Resolute] (1913)
#191401es [Dinghy for #743s Haswell] (1914)
#191504es [12ft 5in Columbia Rowboat] (1915)
#191505es [Columbia Dinghy Job8405] (1915)
#191506es [Dinghy for #216p Zinganee] (1915)
#191507es [Dinghy for #772s Mariette] (1915)
#191701es [Columbia Lifeboat Job9286] (1917)
#191706es [Lifeboat for #306p SP-1841] (1917)
#191707es [Lifeboat for #306p SP-1841] (1917)
#191708es [Lifeboat for #308p SP-2232] (1917)
#191709es [Lifeboat for #308p SP-2232] (1917)
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#191725es [Lifeboat for #321p SP-2235] (1917)
#191726es [Lifeboat for #322p SP-2373] (1917)
#191901es [Dinghy for #375p Petunia] (1919)
#191903es [Dinghy for #827s Ohonkara] (1919)
#192002es [Lifeboat for #372p Vasanta] (1920)
#192203es [Dinghy for W. K. Shaw] (1922)
#192205es [Dinghy for #377p Ara] (1922)
#192206es [Dinghy for #663s Irolita] (1922)
#192302es [Columbia Rowboat Job13340] (1923)
#192303es [Dinghy for #658s Irolita II] (1923)
#192304es [Dinghy for #891s Wildfire] (1923)
#192803es [Dinghy for #725s Resolute] (1928)
#192902es [Dinghy for #1146s Enterprise or #1147s Weetamoe] (1929, Extant)
#192903es [Dinghy for #1147s Weetamoe or #1146s Enterprise] (1929)
#193501es [Columbia Rowboat Job20175] (1935)
#193504es [Dinghy for William Gilman Low] (1935, Extant)
#193506es [Dinghy for Aide de Camp] (1935)
#193507es [Dinghy for Aide de Camp] (1935)
#259p Neith Jr. (1907)
#396p [Power Tender for Fontinalis] (1935)
#397p [Power Tender (for Fontinalis?)] (1935)
#1313s [Dinghy for #663s Ramallah ex-Istalena] (1935)

Original text on model:
"Original COLUMBIA lifeboat for 499 14' [long] scale 1/12 Nov. 1899 gig for #503 506, 507 [unreadable] (cut dinghy 520 16x14 7 1/2" frames dinghy for 624 scale 10 3.4 over 16 * 10-8 [unreadable] / 529, 532, 533, 534 16x14 add-on bow changed and shear raised remeasured Dec. 4, 1909. Boats for 692 and later" (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model description:
"14' lifeboat of 1899 for the cutter Columbia. Also used, with alterations to scale, mold spacing, freeboard, and with sailing rig added, for many other rowboats, sailing dinghies, and tenders. This shape became HMCo's standard for decades to follow." (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)

Model discussion:
"A good small sailing dinghy to be used for a yacht's tender should have the following features:
1. She should row easily both when light and loaded.
2. Be light enough to hoist aboard easily.
3. Be stiff enough to get into and out of easily.
4. Be so constructed that she will not leak and still will be able to stand some abuse.
5. Last, but not least, she should tow steadily, always holding back on her painter and never yawing around.
... the dinghy which has a well rounded-off forefoot, together with a small nicely tucked-up transom, will tow through almost anything. Her quick lines aft will make her stand right up on her stern and hold back steadily on the painter. Perhaps if I give you a slight review of some of the types of rowboats my father designed it will explain the development of the American yacht tender, for his tenders were copied by most of the best boat builders.
... While [the Coquina] model was generally well liked, my father saw that it could be much improved for towing, so soon after 1900 he brought out a model which we in the rowboat shop used to call the Columbia Lifeboat model. The first of these was the racing boat on the deck of the cup boat Columbia ... and a very great many similar ones were built. Perhaps my father modeled ten row-boats of varying proportions after the Columbia Lifeboat model, but he never departed radically from this shape. This is the best model for a tender I have ever seen. They row well, sail well, are good dry sea boats, and will tow through anything. From that time on, what with the advent of the outboard motor, the small yacht tender has gone backward, so that many today do not even know what a good tender is like." (Source: Herreshoff, L. Francis. The Common Sense of Yacht Design. Vol. II. New York, 1948, p. 139-140.)

"A. S. deW. Herreshoff: ... The COLUMBIA model is this here ... At first that was the sheer line and later on it was raised.
Thomas: The dinghy that went with COLUMBIA had the lower sheer?
A. S. deW. Herreshoff: [Yes.]" (Source: Herreshoff, A. Sidney deW. [Excerpts from the transcript of an oral interview held with Barry Thomas and Maynard Bray, both Mystic Seaport Museum.] Bristol, R.I., October 15, 1975, p. 7.)

Comment:
"Note that the plan dates for this model (June 1899 for plan 18-16 and August 1899 for plan 18-18) are earlier than November 1899, the month when this model is said to have been made." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. May 14, 2009.)


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