Model of a Sampan

Description
The model is of a sampan, a small trading vessel used along rivers and coastal areas in China. They are usually rigged for sailing, though some are propelled by oars. The model has a squared bow and a raised squared stern. It is made of teak and has a gold painted boot topping. The keel and rudder are pierced by diamond shaped motifs. A single canvas sail is raised on a chamfered mast above an open hold with three transverse ladders across the opening. The model is fitted with two oars, four covered boxes and two anchors attached with chains to crank mechanisms on the bow. A brass plate attached below the mast is marked "made by/A. King/Hong Kong."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
ca 1850
maker
King, A.
Physical Description
wood, teak (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 31 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 81.28 cm x 79.375 cm x 26.035 cm
hull: 9 in x 28 in x 10 1/4 in; 22.86 cm x 71.12 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
2005.0279.096
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.096
subject
Maritime
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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