A model of the Arctic yacht Kara 1882. 32x25x11in(82x63x28cm)
Lot 144W
A model of the Arctic yacht Kara 1882. 32x25x11in (82x63x28cm)
Sold for £1,320 (US$ 2,251) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A model of the Arctic yacht Kara 1882.
Hull of solid timber, painted black to the waterline and green below, with varnished decks and painted hatch and deck house. Details include anchors and windlass, ship's boats on davits, ice watch crows nest at masthead. Set in a cutout waterline panel, in a glazed display case. 32x25x11in (82x63x28cm)

Footnotes

  • Built in 1882 at Wivenhoe, Essex, for Sir Henry Gore-Booth, especially for Arctic exploration, Kara made several voyages to the region. In her first, she took part in the relief voyage to rescue the Leigh-Smith expedition (1881-82).

    Benjamin Leigh-Smith (1828-1913) was a yachtsman and Arctic explorer who made five voyages to Svalbard and Frans Joseph Island between 1877-1882. On his last trip, his screw Barquentine Eira was nipped by ice and sank, leaving Leigh-Smith and his 25 crew stranded on Frans Joseph Island. Overwintering on salvaged supplies, they set off in the ship's boats and arrived safely at Novaya Zemlya on August 2nd 1882. A relief expedition, sponsored by the British Government, the RGS and Leigh-Smith's cousin, consisting of the Peterhead whaler Hope, the yacht Kara and the whaler William Barents met them there a day later, dressed in full yachting apparel and returned them safely to Aberdeen.

    Details of the relief voyage are in the Lissadel Papers in the Northern Ireland Record Office, ref. D4131.
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