A rare figurehead model for an Aberdeen-built ship thought to be worth up to £8,000 will go under the hammer later this month.
The 34-inch maquette is from the Abergeldie which was built by John Duthie and company and launched in the 1860s.
The model is of a Highland clansman wearing a Tam O Shanter and clutching a claymore while appearing to be stepping forward on a plinth.
It is believed to have been used by a carver to create the masthead that would adorn the front of the Abergeldie which sank off the coast of Norway in the late 1880s.
The figurine is one of more than 400 lots that will go up for a sale on April 27 in an auction being webcast by London-based Charles Miller Limited.
Maritime expert Charles Miller said: “This would have been used by a carver.
“It is very rare. The Abergeldie was a good ship, a real workhorse.
“She sank off the coast of Norway so it is nice to have this little thing from it.
“We’ve had several people express an interest already.”
The Abergeldie was a clipper ship with three masts built for speed. After being launched in April 1869, she was owned by its Aberdeen builders for most of her career.
She entered service under the command of Captain James Duthie and there were high expectations because Abergeldie cost more than any other ship in the Granite City at the time.
On the ship’s maiden voyage on May 17 she raced another brand new clipper to London and arrived first in the early hours of May 21.
An entry in the auction document said Abergeldie was damaged after leaving Australia and that began a run of incidents.
It said: “After an uneventful six years, she was badly damaged in “a furious gale” just after leaving Sydney early in November 1875 and forced to return there for significant repairs to all her upper masts.
“In October 1879, whilst at sea, she suffered a serious fire below decks but when the hatches were unsealed after four days, the fire had fortunately extinguished itself due to lack of air.
“Early in 1884, she was again damaged in a gale and forced to limp back to Sydney for further repairs estimated at £800.”
But in October 1889 the ship’s voyage to drop off iron in Scandinavia proved to be its last.
The Duthie’s had sold her to J Rust and company and on the way to Sweden she collided with the S.S. Eden, of West Hartlepool, off the Norwegian coast and sank almost immediately.
All of the crew were picked up by a British steamer.
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