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A superb, museum-quality model of the ship at the heart of one of what is considered by many to be the last great voyage of exploration, and a story of valiance and fortitude for all to survive over a year against all odds.
The aptly named Endurance, built for durability in extreme polar conditions, resisted ten months held fast in pack ice, immortalized in the photographs of photographer Frank Hurley.
This plank-on-bulkhead model, using the best well-seasoned precious hardwoods, faithfully captures the lines of what was perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built. The above photograph shows her bow, designed to meet the ice head on, and capturing the essence and strength of the original plans, where each timber was made from a single tree, chosen so its shape would follow the natural curve of her design.
It also highlights the intricacy and quality of the chromed and brass fittings and waxed marine-brand rigging, a tribute to the attention to detail and quality of workmanship of the highly skilled and experienced artisans at Abordage.
Nothing has been compromised in this faithful reproduction of a ship that has become a symbol of man’s fortitude in adversity, and indeed of his Endurance and will to survive.
|Size||88 cm L x 49 cm Hgh|
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The Concordia yawl was designed in 1938 by naval architect C. Raymond Hunt with input from Llewellyn and Waldo Howland, Clinton Crane, Fenwick Williams and Frank Paine.
Earlier that year Llewellyn Howland's family's Colin Archer designed Norwegian pilot cutter, Escape, was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1938. Llewellyn commissioned the Concordia Company, which he had founded in 1926 and at the time run by his son Waldo, to design and build a replacement. Llewellyn wanted a sailboat that could be used for both cruising and racing and withstand the heavy wind and choppy waters of Buzzards Bay.
What was created was Concordia design number fourteen, a 39'10" yawl that would become one of the most successful yawls in history. There were 103 Concordias produced between 1938 and 1966, making the Concordia yawl class the largest class of large one-design wooden sailboats.The first four Concordias were produced in Massachusetts. Concordia commissioned the Abeking and Rasmussen shipyard in Lemwerder, Germany to build the last 99.
All 103 Concordias are still in existents today.