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Thermopylae Ship Model

The three-masted sailing Thermopylae ship holds a significant place in the maritime history of Australia. She was one of the fastest and most renowned clippers engaged in the wool trade between England and Australia in the late 19th century. On Thermopylae’s maiden voyage, she sailed to Melbourne in just 60 days breaking the record of this journey. It still remains the fastest trip under sail and only steamers had previously matched such speeds. Seacraft Gallery proudly introduce this three-masted sailing ship model with fully rigged, beautiful sails and amazing details. Together with Cutty Sark, Thermopylae wooden ship models would recall of historic racing of two rival clippers that thrilled the world and brought fame to their masters on epoch-making voyages across the oceans.

Key Features of the 85cm wooden Thermopylae ship models:

  • Overall dimensions: 85cm L x 18cm W x 68cm H 1:76 Scale 
  • This model is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
  • Entirely hand built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
  • We use the high quality wood and metal for all parts, no plastic is used
  • Anchors and decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted of metal
  • Sails are handmade with fine linen and rigging lines that vary in texture
  • Meticulous painting matches the actual colour of lower hull of the real Thermopylae ship
  • This replica is built according to scale through original plans and pictures.
  • The model comes with a solid wood base with metal name plate and a laminated sheet of the history of the Thermopylae ship.

History

Thermopylae was built by Walter Hood for the Aberdeen White Star Line and was launched on 19 August 1868. She was designed by Bernard Weymouth for the China tea trade to carry expensive perishable cargo quickly around the world.  On her maiden voyage from London to Melbourne, captained by Robert Kimball, she made a speed record with 60 days, still the fastest trip under sail. On her continued voyages, she performed impressively from Newcastle, NSW to Shanghai in 31 days, and from Shanghai to London in 91 days.

The Cutty Sark was built the following year to compete with Thermopylae in bringing back the new season’s tea from China. In 1872 Thermopylae loaded a cargo tea alongside with Cutty Sark in Shanghai, then on 26 June, two vessels set off in the race to be the first ship back to London. After racing each other for two weeks the Cutty Sark lost her rudder after having passed the Sunda Straits.

Thermopylae finally arrived in London only seven days ahead of her rival. Her record day’s run was 380 statute miles, a feat exceeded by no sailing ship before. From 1882 she took part in the Australian wool trade.

Shipping & Delivery

We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

  1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
  2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
  3. Best prices online guaranteed.
  4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

    In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

    We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.

    Thermopylae Ship Model

    The three-masted sailing Thermopylae ship holds a significant place in the maritime history of Australia. She was one of the fastest and most renowned clippers engaged in the wool trade between England and Australia in the late 19th century. On Thermopylae’s maiden voyage, she sailed to Melbourne in just 60 days breaking the record of this journey. It still remains the fastest trip under sail and only steamers had previously matched such speeds. Seacraft Gallery proudly introduce this three-masted sailing ship model with fully rigged, beautiful sails and amazing details. Together with Cutty Sark, Thermopylae wooden ship models would recall of historic racing of two rival clippers that thrilled the world and brought fame to their masters on epoch-making voyages across the oceans.

    Key Features of the 85cm wooden Thermopylae ship models:

    • Overall dimensions: 85cm L x 18cm W x 68cm H 1:76 Scale 
    • This model is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
    • Entirely hand built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
    • We use the high quality wood and metal for all parts, no plastic is used
    • Anchors and decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted of metal
    • Sails are handmade with fine linen and rigging lines that vary in texture
    • Meticulous painting matches the actual colour of lower hull of the real Thermopylae ship
    • This replica is built according to scale through original plans and pictures.
    • The model comes with a solid wood base with metal name plate and a laminated sheet of the history of the Thermopylae ship.

    History

    Thermopylae was built by Walter Hood for the Aberdeen White Star Line and was launched on 19 August 1868. She was designed by Bernard Weymouth for the China tea trade to carry expensive perishable cargo quickly around the world.  On her maiden voyage from London to Melbourne, captained by Robert Kimball, she made a speed record with 60 days, still the fastest trip under sail. On her continued voyages, she performed impressively from Newcastle, NSW to Shanghai in 31 days, and from Shanghai to London in 91 days.

    The Cutty Sark was built the following year to compete with Thermopylae in bringing back the new season’s tea from China. In 1872 Thermopylae loaded a cargo tea alongside with Cutty Sark in Shanghai, then on 26 June, two vessels set off in the race to be the first ship back to London. After racing each other for two weeks the Cutty Sark lost her rudder after having passed the Sunda Straits.

    Thermopylae finally arrived in London only seven days ahead of her rival. Her record day’s run was 380 statute miles, a feat exceeded by no sailing ship before. From 1882 she took part in the Australian wool trade.

    Shipping & Delivery

    We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

    Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

    If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

    All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

    Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

    In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

    So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

    We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

    OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

    1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
    2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
    3. Best prices online guaranteed.
    4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

      In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

      We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.


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