Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Levant schooner

Scratch built model.
Scale -- 1:96
Materials -- wood, metal cordage.
The Levant Schooner was the back bone of sea
commerce in the Eastern Mediterranean during the
19th and the first half of the 20th century. This carvel
planked "leg of a mutton" sails schooner was built in Syria,
Lebanon, Palestine & Egypt. During the last decades
of its presence many of the type had auxiliary engines
added for more freedom of operation. Minimal crews and
excellent seaworthiness won them love by their operators.
Normally passed from father to son and so on. Two masts,
slightly raked, the foremast pushed much forward. Very
sleek, well proportioned boats which gave a yacht
like appearance. Their demise is a real sad loss to all
local craft enthusiasts.

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