Date Added: 29 January 2008
This is a superior model of a Statenjacht, a Dutch Yacht from the 1700's. The model built in exacting detail as a whole hull example. The hull is of a typical Dutch form with a flat and shallow draught using adjustable lee-boards to act as a keel when under sail. Because of the shallow draught, the ship was easily blown off track by the wind if coming on starboard or port side. The ship is painted white on the bottom third of the hull with the remainder in natural colored wood with black bulkheads. There are lee-boards on both sides of the ship with black trim. To avoid drifting, the crew lowered a lee-board on the offwind side into the water. With the board lowered the drifting was reduced and the drifting that remained was compensated with the rudder. The ship is shown with a full keel also painted to correspond to the painting on the hull. The bulwark's are painted gold. It has a mainmast and 4 sails and is gaff-rigged without boom and a jib and staysail. The gaff is hoisted by two halyards. In the front is a cable-hold and behind that the caboose with the store-room and adjacent the 'long-room.' In the stern is the captain's room. A Dutch flag flies from the stern and a long Dutch banner flies from the top of the mast. The ship is uniquely suspended in a decorative water pitcher with block and tackle coming from a beautifully turned wooden stopper in rich wood tones and multiple dimensions.