Steam Yacht Medea
Named after a woman in Greek Mythology the Medea has a history as interesting as her namesake. She was completed in 1904 in 51 days a record time or those days. Build on a steel hull and fitted out with exotic timbers inside. She was the last word in luxury and was used by her owner a Mr Macallister Hall a British army officer for social and hunting trips around the Isles and Lochs of Scotland
Her engine was a 254 HP compound reciprocating, giving her a top speed of 10 knots. She was converted to oil in 1964.
During WW1 she was purchased by the French navy and armed with a 75mm gun and depth charges and an observation balloon she was operated as a convoy escort. After the war she returned to UK and was used in the Mediterranean by members of parliament. During WW11 she was taken up by the Royal Navy and stationed in the Thames as a barrage balloon vessel She later was stationed in Scotland and used by the Norwegian navy as an accommodation vessel for Norwegian Commando officers. By 1946 she was cruising on the south coats of the U.K. In the 1950 - 60s Medea became a charter yacht and finally sold to Swedish owners in 1969. She then was purchased by Paul Whittier who restored her to he 1904 condition and donated her to the San Diego Maritime museum in 1973.
After a long and interesting history serving in Three navies under six national flags she is still afloat and steaming in the San Diego Maritime Museum, giving VIP trips approx. twice a month.
Details of the kit
Scale 1/48 Length 870mm Beam 125mm Sailing weight 1.7kgs
This model is based on a glass-fibre hull with rubbing strip and port detail, The main and boat deck is from 1mm plastic with pre-printed deck planking, The funnel, ships boat and ventilator cowls, are supplied as vacforming in 1mm styrene, and to complete the model a full set of detailed fittings in cast metal and plastic are included in the kit.
Also included is a comprehensive instruction book and two full size plans, As in all the Deans kits propshaft, prop and rudder is included.
And new item in the kit range is the use of computer cut "wood" paneling for fine details such as doors and paneling to give the correct "timber" effect and relief detail to door panels and paneling, and to remove the arduous task of cutting, sanding and staining very unscale woodwork.