Historical N.S. Shipbuilder’s Model
When considering the shipbuilder's half models currently on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, as well as those in other small museums throughout the province, it's inarguable this example would rank at, or very near, the top, in terms of quality and history. This model had not left Lockeport since it was made in 1897, and has only come to light this past year.
The fishing schooner Springwood was designed by Stephen Harlow and built at his shipyard in the year 1897. Shortly after launching, she outsailed the government cruiser Osprey, even as the Springwood was at a disadvantage, having her fishing supplies on board. She was used primarily for transporting Lockeport owned and produced goods to the West Indies, and often returned with salt, molasses and sugar. She was also occasionally used as a coasting vessel and in making periodic jaunts to PEI.
The model's original solid oak backboard measures 5.5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. The model itself has everything you could ever want -- applied bowsprit, keel, rudder, and masts, as well as an identification tag -- not to mention the fine paint decoration. It can be said with all honesty that of the many half models we've handled in the past 15 years, this is truly the best in multiple aspects. Sadly, the photos do not do it justice, so if you have the opportunity to come in and see it for yourself, it's worth the look. See additional photos included in this listing.