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Catalog Number 2000.008.018
Description USS The Sullivans Model Ship by Charles Parsons is a handmade, wooden ship at 1:72 scale. Ship has a red base with a black stripe along center and a grey top (all items on top are grey in color unless otherwise noted). The red base has a thin "fin" on each side that runs perpendicular to ship's base. The front top of the ship reads "537" in white paint on each side, near the anchors. The deck is covered in cannons and machine guns, placed at various levels/heights. There is one sail (?) pole in center with a square antenna at top. The captain's deck also has a radar/antenna on top, and has 5 round windows in front and 2 on each side. There is a tall tower behind sail pole with two round spot lights in front of it. This tower has a green clover with a white outline painted on each side. There is also a launch/dinghy suspended on each side on this tower. The back of the ship has a "heart" shaped barrier with 3 black guns inside, facing rear. Rear of ship reads "THE SULLIVANS" in white paint, with "537" painted in white on each side. Ship has two metal propellers underneath rear. Other details on ship include some black guns, white ropes hanging on walls, two small rafts, and some life savors. Mounted on light blue painted wood base on a light stained wood base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title USS The Sullivans Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1990
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator The Floating Drydock of Kresgiville, PA
Role Designer
Inscription Text "THE SULLIVANS / 1943 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1990" (engraved on brass colored, metal plaque on base).
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos, CA.
Notes USS The Sullivans
American Fletcher Class Destroyer, 1943
Model by Charles Parsons,
Model Plans by The Floating Drydock of Kresgiville, PA
1:72 scale, Completed 1990

The Sullivans was built at Bethlehem Shipyard in San Francisco. This Navy destroyer was named in honor of the family who lost f ive sons when their ship was sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Thereafter, Navy orders allowed only one family member per ship.

The 376-foot destroyer had a top speed of 35 knots. She served in the Pacific during World War II. During the Korean conf lict, The Sullivans engaged in shore bombardment. She also was part of the force that blockaded Cuba in 1962.

The Sullivans was decommissioned in 1965. A National Historic Landmark, the destroyer is open for tours in Buffalo, New York.
Dimensions H-21 W-68.125 D-11.125 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Model Ships
War Ships
World War II
USS The Sullivans (ship)
Bethlehem Steel
Floating Drydock of Kresgiville, PA
Subjects Model ships
World War II
People Parsons, Charles H.