"Parthinia" half model
"Parthinia" was designed and built by Merrill C. Young at 700 Acre Island for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. Her hull type is what has come to be known as a Maine Lobster Boat–a design known for not only for its classic lines but especially for its seakeeping abilities. These boats work year 'round in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. Anyone would be hard put to find a more comfortable or more easily driven power boat in the 36' range than this one. This particular 1/2" scale half model is carved of White Pine with a Black Walnut boottop*, and is mounted on Butternut. Overall dimensions of the backing are 6" x 21" and hangers are integral. It has a soft gloss, waxed furniture finish.
*For those unfamiliar with the jargon, it's explained in Pigeons & Gudgeons...Boottop: On a boat, a stripe of (usually) contrasting antifouling paint several inches wide and immediately above the load waterline. This area is commonly painted with antifouling paint rather than topside enamel, because it is washed by waves, and so is subject to fouling with marine growth. On a solid half model it is usually portrayed by an insert of darker wood, such as mahogany or walnut. The stripe evidently reminded someone of the look of the rolled-down top of a fisherman's boot, hence the name.