1/1200-1/1250 US FLUSH DECK Destroyer-Minelayer 90 YR OLD (?) Wooden shipmodel For Sale
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1/1200-1/1250 US FLUSH DECK Destroyer-Minelayer 90 YR OLD (?) Wooden shipmodel:
1920’s vintage Wooden Ship Model
American Destroyer Minelayer
Destroyer 1/1200 scale: 1” = 100’
This is a model of a US Destroyer Minelayer of the WICKES/CLEMSON class built from 1917 to 1922. They are also known as “Flush Decker”, “Four Piper” “Four Stackers” and “1200 tonners”. There were 111 WICKES class and 156 CLEMSON class built. There were 50 ships authorized under the Naval Appropriations Act of 1916, with an additional 217 built on the General Board recommendation.
On 17 July 1920, fourteen ships—STRIBLING, MURRAY, ISRAEL, LUCE, MAURY, LANSDALE AND MAHAN (ex-DDs 96–102); HART, INGRAHAM and LUDLOW (ex DDs 110–12); and BURNS, ANTHONY, SPROSTON and RIZAL (ex-DDs 171–174)—were reclassified DMs 1–14. Their torpedo tubes were replaced with tracks that could carry approximately 80 mines. Work was completed during the following year. Unlike later conversions, these ships retained their full engineering plant and gun armament, so they were able to sail with the fleet.
Six of these ships lasted only until 1930, when they were scrapped. In their place, four flush-deckers were were converted and recommissioned: GAMBLE (DM-15) and RAMSAY (DM 16) in 1930; MONTGOMERY (DM 17) and BREESE (DM 18) in 1931. Similarly, in 1936–37, the remaining eight original DMs were scrapped and replaced by four more converted flush-deckers, TRACY, PREBLE, SICARD anD PRUITT (DMs 19–22). MONTGOMERY and BREESE were decommissioned in 1937 but recommissioned in 1939.
The WICKES class were built under the War-Emergency Act, and a few ships served in World War 1. The USS WARD was built in 17 ½ days, a record at the time. The main difference between WICKES and CLEMSON was the adding of additional fuel bunkerage to increase their cruising range. There were differences between individual ships based on modifications and construction yard builds.
This model is of a generic WICKES/CLEMSON class Minelayer, circa 1920’s as built. She was 314 feet long, 30 feet wide and of 1,154 tons displacement, and was capable of speeds up to 35 knots. These ships were armed with four 4”guns, one 3” AA gun and eighty mines. She had a crew of 100 seamen and officers
This model was built by an unknown modeler as part of a large collection of like models. I believe these were made in the 1920’s in the United Kingdom based on the box the collection was housed in, the other models in the collection, and that some of the named models in the collection were scrapped starting in 1930. The ship model is hand painted and detailed and sold as was, with minor repairs such as straightening masts only. This is the last of my Destroyer-Minelayers available at this time.
This model is in 1/1200 scale and is approximately 3” long. This is a waterline hull version and comes painted. These are highly detailed scale models made for the Adult collector.
THESE ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN
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