INSCRIPTION: (engraved, silver-plated brass plaque mounted at stern) To Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria/ this model of the yacht, America, is the most respectfully presented by, the Designer and Builder, George Steers Esq., of New York; (plaque mounted at bow) Dimensions, 170 Tons Register, 79 Ft. 6 in. length of foremast, Rake, 94 Ft. length of deck, 81 Ft. length of mainmast, 2 7/8 in., 22 Ft. 6 in. Breadth of beam, 58 Ft. Mainboom to 1 ft., 9 Ft. 3 in. Depth of hold, 28 Ft. Gaff, Bowsprint hollow 17 ft. out board, 24 Ft. foregaffNOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Hull of six lifts and three thin lines below waterline plus at least 3 full lifts and parts of a fourth above waterline. Stern, keel, sternpost and rudder added. Name, decorative trailboard hawse lip and molding added to bow in low relief carvings or gesso molding. Model and two silver-plated brass medallions attached to backboard, which is pine, painted grain on back, front veneered in light wood (maple?) on flat surface, dark wood (walnut?) on beveled edges. Base, and model below waterline, varnished; model above waterline painted black with gold decoration.
MODEL NOTES: A most important model, made by George Steers, designer and builder of the original schooner, for presentation to Queen Victoria, but never presented due to Steers untimely death in 1856. Lines taken from this model are in the Museum's archives (cat. no. CN-519) and were published in an article on the model by A.C. Brown (AMERICAN NEPTUNE, vol XI, 1951, pp. 245-250). See also article by B. Tomsett (NAUTICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 1995), comparing lines taken from various models of the vessel.
SCALE: 1:24; MODEL SIZE: 49" (length); PLAQUE SIZE: 55" (length) x 11-1/4" (height) x 6-3/4" (depth, including model), 1" (depth of backing board only)