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Model of a Smack from 1800.

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A charming scratch built model of a Barking Smack, simulated clinker planking over a solid wood hull with fine detailing including that to the sails, with much stitching and reefs knots etc. The label clearly indicates that this model, which is  likely to have been built around 1860, has been on show in a provincial museum around circa 1900.  


44 in x 44 in 


Barking and the Thames were very intimately associated with the early days of trawling, but little has been learned of the position which the town held as a fishing port a century and a half ago. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, Barking, Greenwich and Gravesend were building welded smacks, to share in the North Sea fishing, and in 1852 Barking had no fewer than 134 with 46 smacks engaged in lining for cod and haddock. Twenty years later Barking had ceased to be reckoned as a fishing port.


Item Code: 2513

£ 1550

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