Galway Hooker

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The Galway Hooker replica has wonderful craftmanship for the scale of construction.

It comes with a protective display case that will highlight your room. The hull is black with white cove stripe and the sails are classic red.

 

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$139.00

Abordage is proud to present you this new item of its desk models series, the Galway Hooker.

The Galway hooker (Irish: bád mór or húicéir) is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by the distinctive sail formation. It consisted of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails. Traditionally, the boat is black (being coated in pitch) and the sails are a dark red-brown.

Recently there has been a major revival, and renewed interest in the Galway hooker, and the boats are still being painstakingly constructed. The festival of Cruinniú na mBád is held each year, when boats race across Galway Bay from Connemara to Kinvara on the Galway/Clare county boundary.

Galway Hooker dimensions:
without the display case    11" L x 3" W x 9.75" H.
with the display case   11.25" L x 3.25" W x 10" H
SizeGalway Hooker dimensions: without the display case 11" L x 3" W x 9.75" H. with the display case 11.25" L x 3.25" W x 10" H

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Galway Hooker

Galway Hooker

William Starling Burgess no doubt inherited his love of boats and sailing from his father as well as  his sharp analytical mind. He also acquired his precise and sensitive feeling for lines and forms from Nathanael Herreshoff, his “Uncle Nat”. But when the young Starling informed Herreshoff of his intention to become a naval architect, “the Wizard of Bristol” took umbrage.

When Mike Vanderbilt contacted him to build a new defender for the 1934 challenge, time was very short. No matter ! He started on the rough drafts of the plans at end of 1931 and Rainbow very nearly failed in the face of a faster challenger, Endeavour.

Starling Burgess came out of it quite well, Charles Nicholson even offering him the plans of his champion. His gesture was to prove quite unwise.

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