Mod­els go for £23k at auc­tion

Sunderland Echo - - News - By DAViD AL­Li­SOn

TWO mod­els of ill-fated Wear­side ships have sold for nearly £23,000 at a London auc­tion house.

The fig­ures of the SS Tow­er­gate and SS Elaine ships were ex­pected to be sold for be­tween £5,000 and £7,000 and £7,000 and £10,000 re­spec­tively.

But their sales – re­port­edly to a pri­vate col­lec­tor – sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions with the SS Tow­er­gate go­ing un­der the ham­mer for £10,800 and the Elaine sell­ing for £12,000 at Bon­hams auc­tion house.

Both of the mod­els are housed in glass cases and were made by the Sun­der­land yards for pre­sen­ta­tion to the ships’ own­ers.

The SS Tow­er­gate was launched in Sun­der­land in 1906.

How­ever, she was tor­pe­doed and sunk by a Ger­man U-boat dur­ing the First World War, 250 miles off the west coast of Ire­land, on April 16, 1917, while car­ry­ing a cargo of beef and cot­ton from Galve­ston, U.S., to Liver­pool. No-one was killed in the in­ci­dent. The SS Elaine was wrecked at Bun­bury Bay, south of Perth, Western Aus­tralia, in Fe­bru­ary 1908, while it was car­ry­ing a cargo of tim­ber.

In April, Bon­hams in New York sold a nine foot-long builder’s model, made in or around 1899, of the Sun­der­land-built ship, Isel Holme, for £6,117.

Lionel Wil­lis, ma­rine mod­els ex­pert at Bon­hams, said: “Builders’ mod­els of this pe­riod are par­tic­u­larly sought-af­ter, be­cause they are very at­trac­tive.

“Early mod­els have fine metal fit­tings, of­ten sil­ver or sil­ver gilt and gunmetal or brass, the com­plex der­ricks and davits, open bridge­work and de­tail­ing all add to the value.

“A com­pa­ra­ble builders’ model for a ves­sel from the 1980s, for in­stance a tanker or a con­tainer ship, makes far less at auc­tion.”

Last week, we also re­ported on two 19th-cen­tury Sun­der­land ban­knotes – orig­i­nally worth £6 and pro­duced when Sun­der­land printed its own money.

The pair sold for £340 at an auc­tion on Wed­nes­day.

The black and white notes were both pro­duced in the early 1800s by the Sun­der­land and Wear­mouth Bank shortly be­fore the Bat­tle of Water­loo in 1815.

A £5 note, is­sued in 1813 when Jane Austen pub­lished Pride and Prej­u­dice, fetched £200.

MODEL VAL­UES: Tur­ret deck steamer Elaine, built at Dox­ford and Sons.

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