We deliver our models in specially designed wooden crates. We have been delivering models in these for many years with great success.
All our models in transit are fully insured. In the unlikely event that the model is damaged in transit, The Model Shipyard must be notified immediately. Arrangements will then be made for the model to be returned to the studio in South Africa where it will be inspected and repaired. If the model cannot be repaired to its original splendour a replacement model will be built and sent to you.
We deliver DAP (Delivered At Place duties unpaid). This means that we deliver door-to-door. We pay for the air freight, insurance, customs clearance and final delivery to your door.
Import Duties and Taxes
We export our models under a tariff heading that is usually duty free. However this is not a guarantee because it can vary from region to region. You might have to pay VAT (Value Added Tax) or GST(General Sales Tax) depending on which tax regime prevails in your region.
Flying Cloud Model Ship
Flying Cloud was American Clipper
About the Flying Cloud wooden scale Model Ship
This model ship of the Flying Cloud was custom built from the following information:
The original construction drawings.
About the construction of the Flying Cloud wooden scale Model Ship
The hull is built using the Double Plank-on-Bulkhead construction method
The bulkheads and keel are cut from marine grade pine plywood
The first layer of planking is done plank by plank using Mahogany planks
The second layer of planking is done using Mahogany Veneer strips
The deck is made of Anagre, a light brown timber from the Amazon
The hull is sheathed with real copper plates below the waterline
The gunwale and stringers are made of American Walnut
The fife rails and pin racks are made of American Walnut
The Flying Cloud was an American Clipper, built by Donald McKay, East Boston in Massachusetts for Enoch Train of Boston and launched in 1851. She was sold to Grinnell. Minturn & Company of New York and was known as the fastest clipper ship ever launched.
The Flying Cloud departed New York under command of J.P. Cressy in 1851 and reached San Francisco in a record time of 89 days and 8 hours. The average time for clipper ships being more than 120 days. This was remarkable and even more so when the Flying Cloud bettered her own record three years later with 13 hours. She held the record for over 100 years, from 1854 – 1989.
On the Flying Cloud’s fourth voyage she set sail for Hong Kong to load tea. On her way back the Flying Cloud was grounded on a coral reef and started leaking profoundly. With pumps manned around the hour, the Flying Cloud arrived in New York with her million-dollar cargo intact.
On her following voyage, under Captain Reynard, the Flying Cloud needed repairs and was put to port for a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro. From there she resumed her voyage with her best run of 113 days to San Francisco from New York.
The Flying Cloud’s last Cape Horn passage was in 1857 after which she was laid up for three years in New York. After three years in trade between England, Hong Kong, and England, the Flying Cloud was sold to T.M. Mackay & Company and put in the immigrant trade. She plied between England and Queensland with as many as 515 passengers outbound and returned with full cargoes of wool.
In 1871 the Flying Cloud was sold to H.S. Edwards who put her in trade between Newcastle and St. Johns, carrying coal and pig iron out and timber back.
The Flying Cloud grounded on Beacon Island in 1874 and had to return to St. Johns, where she was burned for her fastenings in June the following year.