Ship Half-Hull

This was mounted over one of the bedrooms at the old farm house for as long as I can remember, don’t know its history, now it’s here.

Likely came from one of the shipyards in the area, maybe Bath (Maine). It’s about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long.

Another photo, from the back


Based on the shape of the hull, I would guess it was built as an ocean going freighter. I have a collection of plans and drawing of ships hulls built in the same era of sail and could look deeper into it if you’re interested.

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Yes, I’d be appreciative for any info, thinking about mounting it in the living room but we don’t know anything about it except what I’ve already posted.

What about the paint job? I assume a working half-hull would not be painted and it would have been painted later?

We intend to clean it but otherwise leave it as is.

The shape of the entry is hard to see on your photo but it appears to have a moderate clipper bow. The gun port inspired paint job was common on merchantmen of the time. Not sure how common it was to paint the loft models. Nine clipper ships were launched from Bath between 1852 and 1859 and ported farther south along the New England coast. They were the Carrier Pigeon, Undaunted, Maid of the Sea, Monsoon, Emerald Isle, Flying Dragon, Viking, Winward and Mary Robinson. The Roebuck was built in Kennebunk. Your loft model could be anyone of those but hard to tell without more details.
Example of the genre:

In reference to scale, the largest ship launched in 1853 was the Great Republic, 325’ on deck, beam 53’, depth of hold 39’, tonnage per register 4500.