Ship Model of a French Barque

Description
Made ca. 1890, this model is of an unidentified four-masted barque. It has a solid oak hull and scored deck to simulate planking. The model is fully rigged, but without sails, and has a galleried stern and bow.
The barque (or bark) is a sailing ship with at least three masts, of which all but the one at the stern is rigged with square sails. The sail at the stern is rigged fore and aft, for handling purposes. In the later 19th century, the bark grew as large as 3,000 tons capacity, mainly for the bulk cargo trade (grains, coal, fertilizers). The biggest sailing ship ever built was the 1911 bark France II of 5,806 tons. Today, the few remaining examples of the type are museum or sail training ships.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1890
maker
unknown
Physical Description
wood: oak (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 26 in x 12 in; 60.96 cm x 66.04 cm x 30.48 cm
hull: 5 1/2 in x 33 in x 6 in; 13.97 cm x 83.82 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2005.0279.073
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.073
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
subject
Maritime
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Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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