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A model of three masted fully rigged sailing ship. The small paper flag at the mast head is embroidered " LARNE ". The ship is not attached to the base, which is only designed to hold it in a wooden cradle.
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This model was made by a French sailor put ashore in New Plymouth between 1861 and 1864 with a broken leg. The sailor gave it to Hospital Sergeant James Hill of the 57th Regiment as a token of appreciation for his medical services. The ship is not thought to be modelled on any particular vessel and the flag refers to the homeland of Hill, who was born in Ireland in 1820.
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