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Catalog Number 2000.008.012
Description Leon Model Ship by Charles H. Parsons is a wooden, handmade square sail ship at 1:64 scale. Ship has one deck with two cabins on it. One cabin in back, and one cabin towards the front with the front sail set into the roof. Also on top of the front cabin, on the right side, is a small launch/dinghy. There is a second sail set in between the two cabins. The rear cabin has a small skylight with a sloped roof. Behind rear cabin is a wheel and two round, red and white life savors. The back of the ship has a wooden railing. Each side of the rear of the ship has some scrolling decorations with "LEON" painted in white. The very rear of the boat has an oval scrolled border with the words "LEON-PORSGRUND" painted in white inside. The front of the ship has some scrolling along the tip. There is a black anchor on each side of the front. The left anchor is attached to ship, while the right one is resting on the mount. The ship and all its features are unpainted, light wood with a clear finish. The ship is mounted on a wooden dock that has several dark supports that run perpendicular to the ship. There are also 4 legs that are propping up the ship (ships seems a bit loose). This dock is mounted to a painted green, wooden base on a dark stained wooden base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Leon Model Ship by Charles H. Parsons
Date c. 1977-1980
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Underhill, Harold
Role Designer
Inscription Text "LEON / BUILT BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1980" (engraved on brass colored, metal plaque on base).
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 1980; however, according to his construction log, the model was completed in 1977.
Notes Leon
Norwegian Freighter, 1880
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Harold Underhill
1:64 scale, Completed 1980

The Leon was built in Norway in 1880, around the time when sailing ships were beginning to be replaced with steam-powered ships. The 120-foot Leon had a raised quarter-deck and trunk cabin.

A coastal freighter, the Leon served as a merchant vessel between Continental Europe and Great Britain. Her substantial carrying capacity was more important than her slow speed. While transporting coal from Great Britain to Norway in 1915, her hull began to leak and the Leon sank.

Dimensions H-26 W-34 D-13.5 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Model Ships
Parsons, Charles H.
Leon (ship)
Working Ships
Underhill, Harold
Subjects Model ships
Sailing ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.
Underhill, Harold