Ship Model, Chaleur

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Description
In the mid-18th century, little sloops, brigs, and schooners were the small craft of choice for use in local coastal trade along the shores of North America. In the early 1760s, the British Royal Navy produced a list of six vessels it intended to purchase in the New England area for use in the North American Squadron. The Chaleur was one of these vessels, possibly purchased in Boston in May 1764. Its original name and home port are unknown.
Originally, the Chaleur is believed to have been rigged as an armed sloop. In 1768, records indicate that it was re-rigged as a two-masted schooner, as shown by the model. The Chaleur was sent back to England, where the hull shape was documented at the Royal Navy’s Woolwich Dockyard, London. The schooner’s hull was found to be rotten, so the Navy recommended that it be sold. It dropped out of the record at that point, and at present nothing is known of its later history.
Date made
1962
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
textile (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 1/2 in x 16 in x 4 in; 29.21 cm x 40.64 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
TR.320005
catalog number
320005
accession number
241594
subject
Fishing
related event
Revolution and the New Nation
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Food
Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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