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Paddle Steamer Model - PS Hygeia Object Reg. No: ST 015797

Model of the PS Hygeia, 986 tons, 300 ft long, paddlesteamer built in 1890 by Napier, Shanks & Bell, of Glasgow for Huddart Parker & Co. She was built to compete directly with the popular PS Ozone, and was generally regarded as one of the fastest and finest appointed paddlesteamers ever built for Australian service, with a top speed in excess of 22 knots. Licensed to carry 1,600 passengers, Hygeia operated regular excursion trips each summer between Melbourne, Queenscliff and Sorrento for 40 years and was often chartered for company picnics and special events. She was broken up in 1931.

This model was donated to the Museum in 1891 by Huddart Parker & Co.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Huddart Parker Co Pty Ltd, 1891
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 600 mm (Height), 460 mm (Width), 2095 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Overall model dimensions, checked 27 June 2007. Height includes stands with 30 mm thick clear prespex feet and metal pins extending up into two holes in the centreline of the keel.

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Tagged with: paddle steamers, model boats
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Leisure Collection, Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: model paddlesteamers - passenger
Model Scale: 1:48 APPROX
User of Item Modelled: Huddart Parker Co Pty Ltd, Australia, 1891-1931

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