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Catalog Number 2000.008.016
Description Foochow Pole Junk Model Ship by Charles Parsons at 1:64 scale. Wooden ship is a 3 masted sailing ship. Sails are parallel to ship length and have horizontal poles/supports running inside the sails (rear has 7 supports, center has 10, and the front has 9). The front sail is reversed from the other two. Center sail has 4 flags at top including a colorful lantern. Rear sail has a flag that is an animal with a white body, red tail and wire coiled antennae with red balls at the tips. There are three decks, the front and center deck connect by two short sets of stairs. The rear deck is highest, and connects by two taller sets of stairs. Between these stars is a triangular window in the floor (a skylight if you are below deck). The rear mast sits on top of a small cabin with a door with a small window. The front of the ship has an opening with a black strip with pegs set in it, while the sides of the ship form "fins" on each side of the strip. There are two, wooden anchors at front of ship. The wood on the boat is light and without finish. The rear sides of the ship have a red dragon painted on them. The rear of the ship has a yellow painted background with a bird at top, three red Chinese characters below it, and many human figures below that. Rear has two launches/dinghies, one on each side, hanging on ropes on outside of ship. Ship is mounted to a light stained wood base on a brown painted base and light stained wooden base.
Foochow Pole Junk is a Chinese Junk dating c. 500 BC. Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Arthur E. Ortner, 1:64 scale, Completed 1997. This 150-foot long ship transported pine logs on the Yangtze River and along the coast of China. When fully loaded, 30 to 40 logs were lashed together with bamboo ropes on each side of the ship. This type of junk has been used for thousands of years in roughly this same form. The Foochow styles are the only Junks with a richly decorated stern. From 1870 to 1930, these types of ships were also used in San Francisco Bay by Chinese shrimp f ishermen. Thirty to sixty nets were laid side by side on the bottom of the bay with the open ends facing into the current. The catch was taken to “China camps” along the bay line where the shrimp were boiled and, in part, dried for sale.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Foochow Pole Junk Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1997
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Ortner, Arthur E.
Role Designer
Inscription Text "FOOWCHOW POLE JUNK / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1997" (engraved on brass colored metal plaque on base)
Provenance Model built by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos.
Notes Foochow Pole Junk
Chinese Junk, c. 500 BC
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Arthur E. Ortner
1:64 scale, Completed 1997

This 150-foot long ship transported pine logs on the Yangtze River and along the coast of China. When fully loaded, 30 to 40 logs were lashed together with bamboo ropes on each side of the ship. This type of junk has been used for thousands of years in roughly this same form. The Foochow styles are the only Junks with a richly decorated stern.

From 1870 to 1930, these types of ships were also used in San Francisco Bay by Chinese shrimp fishermen. Thirty to sixty nets were laid side by side on the bottom of the bay with the open ends facing into the current. The catch was taken to “China camps” along the bay line where the shrimp were boiled and, in part, dried for sale.






Dimensions H-31 W-36.5 D-13.5 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Ships
Model Ships
Parsons, Charles H.
Foochow Pole Junk (ship)
Ortner, Arthur E.
Working Ships
Chinese
Subjects Model ships
Sailing ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.
Ortner, Arthur E.