|Model ship built by James Henry Allan Annal (1849-1930)|
James Henry Allan Annal 's obituary said that he "sailed every windjammer on the Great lakes a hardy and fearless sailor, and very expert in the construction of ship models."
|My 2nd great-grandparents Mary (Hess) and James Henry Allan Annal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1922|
My great-great grandparents lived in Wallaceburg, Ontario near the St. Clair River:
My 2nd great-grandfather John Henry Allan Annal sailed until he was seventy-three years old!"During the heyday of water transportation along the St. Clair River, from 1840 to approximately 1931, thousands of schooners, ferries, steamers and flat-bottomed freighters known as scows congested the waterway, hauling goods and passengers up and down the strait, making the river one of the most important arteries in the Great Lakes." (Source: Wallaceburg Courier)
James Henry Allan Annal had emigrated from his birthplace in the Orkney Islands in 1870 sailing to New York with his sister and the Sutherland family on the steam ship Columbia that left Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 1870 and arrived in New York on November 5, 1870.
The details of this voyage can be read at http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2018/02/william-sutherlands1870-passenger-list.html
|This Currier and Ives print is available for sale at http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/140283.html|
There is a very long tradition of sailors and merchant seaman crafting model ships to pass the time on long voyages. (See PBS Antique Road Show http://www.pbs.org/video/antiques-roadshow-appraisal-folk-art-model-ship-ca-1900/ )
The boat that my grandfather crafted had three masts and it is encased in glass and, based on the handy chart below, I believe it to be a schooner.
|Screen capture from Ancestry magazine July/August 2005|