Model of Sailing Ship Asterion

Asterion was built in Chelsea, MA by Stetson in 1854. It measured 188 feet in length, 36 feet in beam, 24 feet in depth of hold, and 1,135 tons. Owned by David Snow, it was launched on 28 June 1854, and shortly after was chartered to sail to Liverpool and back. Records for this ship are sketchy. Under the command of Captain Moses Gay, the ship sailed to the Chincha Islands on March 1, 1857 for a guano cargo. It arrived in Manila on August 31, 1859 under the command of Captain Snow. In 1860 it was sold to Bucklin and Crane of New York, who put it in the California trade. On Asterion last voyage, it sailed from New York to San Francisco under Captain Hurd. After loading a cargo of guano at Howland’s Island, it was lost off Baker’s Island in the Falklands on September 24, 1863.
This model by an unidentified 19th century craftsman was purchased by the Insurance Company of North America in 1962 from a New York antique dealer.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
ca 1854
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 34 1/2 in x 51 in; 87.63 cm x 129.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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