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Sailing ship models, as they used to be made

Here is Captain J. E. Sullivan of Metaghan, Nova Scotia, Canada, the model that he is working on, is the Florida and the other ship is the Rebecca McDonald. Both of the original ships were built in Meteghan, Nova Scotia. This photo was taken in the 1930's.
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The ships I have found nothing on, but the Captain was born in Nova Scotia in 1860, was for a while master of the Agnes S, and died in Nova Scotia of cardiac arrest in 1944. (A descendant have posted that information on the net) Stein
 

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what a lovely photo.I wonder what he was thinking at the very moment in time the photo was taken?
 

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Thanks guys.

Stein, further in the story it says that the "Rebecca McDonald" was built in 1918, would that not be a bit late for such a ship? there is no date for the "Florida".

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Hi Frank. Late date? - Yes, and no. The building of large sailing ships had by that time effectively stopped, but during the last of the war years there was a screaming need for tonnage, which resulted in a large number of low powered wooden auxilliaries, mainly schooner rigged, being built in North America. These were pretty well obsolete at their launch, and not many sailed past 1920. But still, a four masted barquentine should have left some traces, they weren't that common.
By the way, as was not unusual with sailor made models, the masts on the barquentine are far too high. Stein.
 

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Interesting photo and quite an early colour one if it is 1930.

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Brian
 

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Hi Brian,
there was no date with the photo, but the photo and a small article were published in 1940, travel and transport being was it was in those days, I presumed that the photo was a couple of years old, that is why I have said 1930's.

Cheers Frank
 

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