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Flying Fish Model Boats
Did you know that the Flying Fish was reportedly the fastest vessel on the Gloucester Shipping Fleet? This makes it an immensely popular and historically significant marine vessel to preserve in model form. Besides, the American Schooner Flying Fish retains its popularity as a viable ship model even today. In fact, Flying Fish models are very much a part of contemporary shipping designs.
More about the American Schooner and the Flying Fish
The main group responsible for the development of schooners as flying ships were the large privateers operating during the Napoleonic Wars, primarily those hailing from America. It was the huge shortage of privateers and cruisers that propelled the French Government to go seeking to the United States. Subsequently, some of these vessels were captured at sea, and European Countries too purchased American Schooners. They also preserved the models' lines which is what provides such insight into their design elements, even today.
In the schooner category, the Flying Fish was launched in the year 1860 at Massachusetts. And, her design became so successful and popular that it continued to dominate the schooner class as the sole model of prominence for the next 20 years. The Flying Fish weighs around 150 tonnes and is armed with either a dozen pounders corronades or nine pounder guns. The deck is around 79 feet in length. The Flying Fish was one of the swiftest vessels afloat. In fact, she is known to have brought in a massive fish cargo accompanied by Gloucester fishermen in the harbour, within a very short space of time. The Flying Fish took part in immensely exciting races. These races were documented by Rudyard Kipling and portrayed in the movie Captain Courageous as well.
Needless to say, Flying Fish model boats would make an interesting addition to your home collection. Buying from Model-ships.co.uk will ensure that you receive models created with a high degree of artistic finesse, and the choice is second to none.
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