Model No. 1711: [Charlotte ?]
Model by: NGH
Made when: 1868 (???)
Possible model scale: 1/16
Model length (ca.): 30.1" (76.5cm)
Implied vessel LOA at 1/16 (ca.): 40' 2" (12.2m)
Vessel Type: Sloop
Hull Configuration: Centerboard
Model location: H.M.M. Workshop East Wall Center
Vessels from this model:
1 built, modeled by NGH
Original text on model:
"[Blank]" (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)
"Old model. Nine pieces, seams at waterlines; fastened by screws & wood dowels. L30.1 in width 4.8 in Depth 3.25 in" (Source: Palmieri, John (Curator Herreshoff Marine Museum). Email to Claas van der Linde, October 21, 2010.)
"Located above exit door." (Source: Curator Herreshoff Marine Museum, 2004.)
"Possibly newly identified model.
This model represents a LOA/Beam ratio of 3.135.
At a scale of 1:12 (1" to the foot) it represents a vessel of 30.1' LOA, 9.6' beam (no possible matches).
At a scale of 1:16 (3/4" to the foot) it represents a vessel of 40.1' LOA, 12.8' beam (#186803es Charlotte was 40' LOA, 13' beam; errors 0.3% and -1.5%).
At a scale of 1:24 (1/2" to the foot) it represents a vessel of 60.2' LOA, 19.2' beam (#187202es Latona was 61' LOA, 18' beam; errors -1.3% and 6.7%).
At a scale of 1:32 (3/8" to the foot) it represents a vessel of 80.3' LOA, 25.6' beam (no possible matches)
Note that Manning's 1890/91 Yacht List shows Charlotte with 39.75' LOA, 12.33' beam dimensions, translating into somewhat larger errors of 0.9% and 3.8%, respectively. Another possible problem with matching model 1711 to Charlotte is that the model has a rather long stern overhang which suggests that compared to its LOA is has a fairly short LWL. But this does not match with the data we have for Charlotte, which in 1891 was reported to have an LOA of 39' 9" and, relative to the model, a comparatively longer LWL of 37' 9". On the other hand, Charlotte had been rebuilt in 1891 and we do not know her LWL prior to that date. Nonetheless, there is some reason to believe that model 1711 was made for #186803es Charlotte. A scale of 1:16 was quite often used for Herreshoff models in the 1860s and 1870. This model also shares some similarities with models 505, made for #186605es Psyche in 1866, and 1001, made for #186701es Clytie in 1867, two similarly sized sloops of the same time period that were also designed by N. G. Herreshoff. The model's bread-and-butter style is unique in the Herreshoff collection of models. If made in 1868 for Charlotte, this would have been at the time that N. G. Herreshoff was spending his second year studying at M.I.T., and the manner this model was made may have been reflecting influences from his studies." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. October 21, 2010.)
Model 0505 by NGH (1866); #186605es PsycheModel 1001 by NGH (1867); #186701es Clytie
Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.
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