Le Rhone Historical Ship model
Le Rhone – “Maquette de bateau”
The Rhone ship model was built by John Elder of Glasgow, Scotland in 1875 for Gilroy, Sons & Company of Dundee. The Nourse Line bought the ship in 1889 and renamed it the Rhone ship model after the River Rhone. Firstly, the Rhone ship model was primarily used by the Nourse Line for the transportation. Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Secondly, she was also used to repatriate 132 former labourers from St Lucia back to India. The Rhone was regarded as a fast ship. She made the run from Trinidad to Cape Town in 45 days. In addition, on 4 November 1894 travelled to Gravesend from Trinidad in just 24 days.
Unfortunately, On reaching her destination, she got stuck in the mud and some rice had to be thrown overboard. Finally, she could be re-floated. After that, Rhone sailed for Philadelphia but found five stowaways on board. The captain only managed to disembark the stowaways in the United States after signing a bond and paying for their passage to the West Indies. Nevertheless, Her troubles were not over as she experienced minor flooding due to a burst pipe and pumps had to be used for 48 hours to clear the water.
However, the Rhone last voyage was eventful, for her captain died while carrying rice from Calcutta to British Guiana.
In conclusion, the Rhone, in 1905, she was sold to Norway and renamed Dybvaag. The rhone , handcraft ship model replica can be done bobato.