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Builder's model of 'Venus', 1947
A well detailed and skilfully constructed 1:96 scale model of the Norwegian ship M/S Venus. The model, of laminated wooden construction, overlaid with gesso and painted livery, is fixed on upright supports and set within the original, polished bronze display case with mirrored back allowing the rear of the model to be viewed.
To the inside of the case, fixed to the plinth, there is an engraved brass plaque bearing the name of the ship, her dimensions and historical background. It reads:
Owner Det Bergenske Dampskibsselgkab Bergen, Norway
Built 1931 Rebuilt 1947
Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri A/S Helsingør, Denmark
Dimensions: 397’-2” x 54’-0” x 32’-0”
Scale 1/8” = 1’ 0”.
The Bergen Line ship Venus was built in 1931 for the Bergen to Newcastle route. After serving the Germans in the Second World War, she was sunk by Allied bombers in Hamburg in 1945. Raised and rebuilt in 1947, Venus went on to serve on the North Sea for another 20 years, finally being scrapped in 1968.
Length overall: 60 inches (153 cm).