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Australia II sailing yacht winner

Australia II Sailing Yacht: The Pride of Australia

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The 132-year dominance of the New York Yacht Club in defending the America’s Cup was broken in 1983 by the Australia II. This 12-meter racing yacht was superbly designed and skippered by John Bertrand to become the first yacht outside the US to win the fabled cup. The win was so profound that model sailboats of the Australia II started popping up around the country in honour of the win. The Australia II yacht has…

Tips to Buy Model Ships

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Model ships are a popular display item in homes and businesses for good reason. Their high-quality, beautiful appearance, and historic representation makes wooden model ships some of the most desired display items. A good quality model boat not only faithfully resembles the historic ship is was designed to mimic but will also last a long time. So, it is important whether buying or building model ship to choose the best model that fits within your…

The Art of Building Wooden Model Ships

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The history of wooden model ships goes back many centuries. When plans were made to construct full-size ships, they had to be submitted to the admiralty along with scale model ships for approval. The model ships provided a three-dimensional representation of the full-size craft, making it easier to envision how the final ships would appear. Because the handmade model boats were often kept protected on the shore, many of the model ships survive to this…

Australia’s Bloodiest Shipwreck – The Batavia

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The Batavia Ship is one of those historical ships with a rather impressive history. During October 1628, the Batavia Ship (which was a part of the Dutch East India Company) set sail to the Netherlands and it was full of coins and jewels. As it tried to reach its destination, the ship struck a reef at 40 km off the Western Australian coast. And as people tried to escape the ship, they went towards the…