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Catalog Number 1997.451
Description San Carlos Model Ship by Charles Parsons at 1:48 scale. Wooden ship is a two masted, square sailing ship with a ships wheel at the back. Each mast has a crows's nest that is flat in shape with a rail in back. Rigging on the masts are secured with dead eyes. The ship has three decks, with the center deck set lower than front and rear. One launch/dinghy on the center deck with 4 oars lying on boat, two on each side. There are two 6-pained windows on rear with white trim and gold Corinthian columns on the sides. There is a gold relief of figures and animals above the windows, as well as a lantern. Below the windows, on a black plaque in gold letter, reads "San Carlos." There are seven cannon openings/windows on each side, but only two cannons on each side in the 3rd and 4th openings from the front of the ship. There are two small, white windows with gold filigree around them towards the ship's rear, one on each side. Wood on boat has a light finish on upper half, with a black rail and a thin horizontal black line around boat that runs above the cannon windows. There is a black horizontal stripe around the center, and a white base. The rudder is painted white. There are two black anchors, hanging from each side of front. Ship is mounted to a dark brown stained oak stand which is affixed to a brown and light stained wooden base. lion figurehead.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title San Carlos Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1986
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Inscription Text "SAN CARLOS / 1775 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1986" (engraved on brass colored metal plaque on base)
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos.
Notes San Carlos
Spanish Brigantine, 1775
1:48 scale, Completed 1986 by Charles Parsons

On a clear August evening in 1775, this 79-foot Spanish Naval Vessel became the first known European ship to sail through the Golden Gate and into the San Francisco Bay. Anchored off Angel Island for a month and a half, the San Carlos charted all the corners of the Bay as part of its mission to explore the coastline and deliver supplies to Spanish missionaries.
Dimensions H-27.5 W-31.875 D-14 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Parsons, Charles H.
San Carlos (ship)
Ships of Discovery
War Ships
Subjects Ships
Ship of discovery
People Parsons, Charles H.