Model, scale; McPhee, William (Mr); 1871; 2011.225


Model, scale

About this object

Scale model; a small-scale, construction model for the ketch 'Eliza McPhee', made by local shipwright William McPhee, in 1871. The carved, wooden model was made and then dismantled to provide measurements needed to construct the hull of the ship.

William McPhee (1839-1914) emigrated from Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the sawmilling industry attracted him to the Catlins. His home faced the Owaka River from a site near an area known as the Bluegums, not far from the Landing. From 1868 until 1876 he built a number of cutters, kethces and schooners on his slipway, and earned a reputation as a craftsman who created fine ships. [From 'Catlins Pioneering', A R Tyrell]


McPhee, William (Mr)

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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, The Catlins

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood


h 80mm x l 810mm x w 105mm

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications, shipping

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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