18th December 2009, 16:44
I would like to build a simple model of the above mentioned liner. Does anyone have simple drawings of the liner that can be posted here? I have one small profile drawing from Duncan Haws Anchor Line (Merchant Fleets), so I have no idea what the lower hull looks like.
22nd December 2009, 19:01
Fishjay, can you post an image of what you have, perhaps then we could give you a good idea.
27th December 2009, 03:20
Attached is a scan of the City of Rome that is in Duncan Haw's book Merchant Fleets (Anchor Line). This is the only drawing that I have been able to locate. It is a waterline drawing, so I have no idea what the lower hull looks like. I have not been able to locate a plan drawing of said vessel.
I have looked on line for photos of a museum model of this vessel and again I have come up empty.
All help is greatly appreciated.
30th December 2009, 20:10
I'll look around at home. I have a book on the Atlantic lines history, maybe this would have something. The book "The engine powered ship" may have something too.
I also have a large model of Cunards SS Servia circa 1890's which may help you.
31st December 2009, 17:16
fishjay, I looked last night and found a few things.
One thing I'm still looking for is finding out if she was twin screw or single screw.
This obviously would change the underbody, so. I will try to get this stuff to you this weekend, with a little more study.
One thing I have found was the other "sisters" seem to be twin screws.
Do you know if she was single or twin?
1st January 2010, 03:39
According to the info in Duncan Haw's book she had a single screw.
1st January 2010, 10:19
The Ocean Railway by Stephen Fox (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ocean-Railway-Isambard-Revolutionary-Steamships/dp/0006532160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262337190&sr=1-1) is a good readable history of Atlantic steamships and shipping companies. Quite a few cheap copies on Amazon.
1st January 2010, 22:19
Fishjay, here are some pictures of the Servia that I have in for restoration.
She is similar time peroid and single screw.
2nd January 2010, 17:13
Do you know of, or have you ever seen a full hull model of the Rome? An online search mentioned photos of a museum model in SEA BREZZE (magazine?).
P.S. Are you a professional model builder?
5th January 2010, 16:45
Fishjay, No I have not seen a model of the Rome. From what I've read recently she , being built in iron instead of steel was much slower then intended, so was not a popular ship and was sold within a few years. So suspect a model of her would be a rare thing.
And yes, I am a professional model builder. I work out of my home shop (where the Servia is) and I work at a Marine Art Gallery called Art of the Sea, in South Thomaston, Maine, doing mostly restorations of sailing ships.
6th January 2010, 00:02
I got the impression from your photos of the ship in your shop that you are a professional. I have never built ship models professionally, however I have built some industrial models ( gas/oil refineries and offshore platforms) and some aircraft models on a professional basis. My ship models are for my own pleasure and relaxation.
Once again, thanks for your information and input.
P.S. Several days ago I posted photos (model gallery) of a paper model of the CSS Missouri that I built recently.
7th January 2010, 18:38
I build for pleasure as well fishjay, mostly plastic merchant ships when I can find them. It is so nice to build a kit and not have to scratch build everything.
Though scratch building does have a big advantage.
Good luck with the City of Rome.
8th January 2010, 21:43
There are no drawings for the City of Rome - so I'm told. All the Barrow drawings went to the NMM at Greenwich. They or the Science Museum have a number photographs two of which show the ship on the slip prior to launch.
Barrow Bock Museum has a half hull fully rigged model of the ship @1/48=1ft scale; the Science Museum has a smaller model probably @1/16=1" which has been illustrated in some publications. Both where at Barrow some years ago when I photographed them however, the smaller one was due to be returned to London soon afterwards.
The Science Museum also has a fine model of the Servia My Great Grandfather was also an engineer in the ship as well as many other Cunard vessels of that period.
13th January 2010, 15:38
Scouse, You wouldn't perchance have a picture of the stern decoration of the Servia would you?
This is one detail I would like to add, but have found no reference for.