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Catalog Number 2000.008.005
Description HMS Halifax Model Ship by Charles Parson is a handmade wooden ship to 1:48 scale. The ship is unpainted dark wood, with black bands/trim. The right side is unfinished, showing the inner structure of the ship. There is only one deck. The ship has two poles for sails with no crows nests. Rigging is attached by round, brown deadeyes. The front of the deck contains one sail, followed by a dinghy/launch, and then the second sail. Behind that, is a rectangular compartment with an open door. The the rear of the deck contains the handle to stere the paddle. There are six cannons between the sails, and 6 smaller cannons/guns at the rear of the ship. The rear of the ship has an ornate window on each side, with white trim and scrolled window moldings, and the rear of the ship has a row of five windows with white trim and scrolled molding that reads "HALIFAX". The decoration on the front of the ship is a "sea horse", where the torso is a horse and the lower body is a sea horse tail. There is a black anchor on each side of the outer-front of the ship. The ship is mounted to 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 HMS Halifax Model Ship by Charles Parson
Date 1982-1983
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Hahn, Harold
Role Designer
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos. According to the plaque he put on model base, the completion date was 1982; however, according to his construction log, the model was completed in 1983.
Notes HMS Halifax
English Topsail Schooner, 1765
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Harold Hahn
1:48 scale, Completed 1982

The schooner Halifax was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally intended for packet service, she made 23 round trips carrying mail and passengers between Halifax and Boston.

In 1768, she was purchased by the Royal Navy and patrolled the New England colonial coast to combat the smuggling of goods. During these patrols, the Halifax stopped ships for inspection. In 1769, she captured and conf iscated the schooner Liberty belonging to John Hancock.

The ship wrecked on February 15, 1775, and was too badly damaged to be repaired.
Dimensions H-24 W-32 D-13 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Parsons, Charles H.
HMS Halifax (ship)
Hahn, Harold
Working Ships
War Ships
Subjects Ships
Model ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.
Hahn, Harold