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Catalog Number 2000.008.002
Description Al Bahran Model Ship by Charles Parsons is a handmade wooden ship to 1:50 scale. The ship is unpainted, dark wood at the base, with light wood and black trim on the upper half and deck. The top band of black trim has half-circle cut outs. The ship has two sails that are right triangles, with the lower front corner cut off. The ship has two decks, with a sail on each deck. The lower deck has a square hatch to go below deck, 4 barrels, and a black anchor on the left. The upper deck has a figurine of a man holding the paddle-steering handle. There is a large bucket attached to the outside of the ship, on the left of the upper deck. The upper deck has black trim with a gold square pattern around it. The upper deck also has 4 small guns on it, two on each side. The ship is mounted to a dark stained wooden base, on a dark brown painted base, on a light stained wooden base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Al Bahran Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1994
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Wiseman, William
Role Designer
Inscription Text "AL BAHRAN / ARABIAN SAMBUK / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1994" (on brass colored metal plaque on base)
Provenance Model of Historic Ship By Local Artisan Charles Parsons made in his home in San Carlos, CA.
Notes Al Bahran
Arabian Sambuk, c. 1800
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by William Wiseman
1:50 scale, Completed 1994

This Arabian sambuk sailed the waters of East Africa and the Arabian and Indian Peninsulas during the 19th century. Known as the Al Bahran, she was used as a fishing boat and transporter of goods.

A sambuk is the largest type of dhow, or traditional Arab sailing vessel. The flat-stern with two masts ref lects the early inf luence of the Portuguese.

Today, similar ships are used for collecting pearl oysters in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Dimensions H-22 W-24 D-9.5 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Model Ships
Parsons, Charles H.
Al Bahran (ship)
Working Ships
Wiseman, William
Subjects Ships
Working ships
Model ships
People Parsons, Charles H.
Wiseman, William