|Dimensions L x H x W||37 × 76 × 62 cm|
|Sails rolled up or down|
Handcrafted, scratch built and ready made Harvey Model Boat
The Harvey model boat is a quality replica of the early clipper vessel by the same name. The Harvey was a clipper built with two masts and used for a few different purposes, including moving gold during the gold rush. The ship was built in Baltimore in 1847 with a hull that was built for speed and an uncluttered deck, which allowed for faster movement across the water. We have an heirloom quality model of this loved ship.
The Harvey is available in our silver range and gold range models. Choose from model ships in two sizes, small and large. Browse our website to find something to fit your budget and personal preference. The Harvey and other American Clippers were used frequently to transport gold during the California gold rush. They took the ship from California to New York. At that time, the route was all the way south and around Cape Horn because the Panama Canal wasn’t built yet. These were the fastest ships for moving the gold quickly and safely. The Harvey could do the entire run in 89 days.
We have included detailed photographs of each of our model ships on our website, including the Harvey models. You can read more about the ship and view photographs on our website. Click on each photograph to see a larger image with close up pictures to show the detailed construction of the models. When you have chosen the model that you want, place your order online for the best quality service and fast shipping to your home.
Harvey, like the early clippers were built with two masts. Clippers were used for a number of purposes, all of which made the most of their speed (e.g. blockade runners). As the demand for speed and volume increased, the later clippers were built with three masts and with up to four thousand square metres of sail.
The hull was designed for reaching high speeds, built with many sails and an uncluttered deck. This was so that a maximum cargo could be stored (a very valuable attribute as was later proven), and also so that the sailors attending the sails could have as much free room as possible. Fierce storms round the Horn, demanded the ability of furling and unfurling the sails as quickly as possible.
American clippers really came into their own when California was incorporated as a state of the Union in 1848. When it was discovered that California was a state with tremendous natural wealth, the resulting rush, including the Gold rush, could only be met on sea using the very fastest ships such as the Harvey. This also enabled a less perilous journey than on land. Some fast times were recorded, such as New York to California in eighty-nine days.
Some of the cargoes were so valuable, that their armaments were retained to deal with any pirates that may cross their path. Because the Panama Canal was yet to be built, the journey was through the Horn. Thanks largely to clippers such as the Harvey, cities such as San Francisco saw its population treble in less than ten years.
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