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Catalog Number 2000.008.001
Description Despatch No. 8 Model Ship by Charles Parsons at 1:32 scale. Wooden ship is a tug boat with a pointed front and curved rear. Front of boat has a vertical flag pole and a tan net around the outside. On each side of the net reads "DESPATCH No.8" in white paint. Front of boat has a cabin with three front windows and a bell beneath them. Cabin has a door on each side with two windows. The top of the cabin has two signs that read "DESPATCH No.8" in white. Top of cabin has various horns and lights. The sides of the lower cabin read "STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA" in white paint. The top of the lower cabin has windows and a circular tower (smoke stack?) with a black lid and a large, red "S" on each side. Behind the cabin is a black coil/reel and a flag pole. Rear of boat is almost empty, with a black t-bar and square floor panel built into deck floor. Boat has a wooden tail with 3 black horizontal bars crossed by a vertical black bar, and a metal 3-winged rudder. Wood on boat is light with a clear finish. Mounted in a dark stained wooden base on a black painted base on a dark stained wooden base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Despatch No. 8 Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1980
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Inscription Text "DESPATCH No. 8 / BUILT BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1980" (engraved on brass colored metal plaque on base)
Provenance Built by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos, CA.
Notes Despatch No. 8
American Tugboat, 1930
Model by Charles Parsons
1:32 Scale, Completed 1980

Despatch No. 8 would have been typical of the 65-foot wooden tugboats employed by Standard Oil of California, now Chevron. The company already had seven identical tug boats in service on San Francisco Bay.

The company’s Marine Department drafted drawings and specif ications for Despatch No. 8. However, Standard’s Board of Directors stopped the building project before it could go out for bid as the Board had decided that all new tugs would be made of steel.
Dimensions H-16 W-29 D-10 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Dispatch No. 8 (ship)
Parsons, Charles H.
Model Ships
Working Ships
Subjects Ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.