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On View Nancy and George Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Mr. Odell (American); Thomas Russell (American)
  • Full-hull model, about 1804
  • Wood, cordage, bronze
  • On board the Friendship
  • H: 96 in, W: 140 in, D: 55 in (H: 243.8 cm, W: 355.6 cm, D: 139.7 cm)
  • Gift of William Story, 1821
  • M48


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a fully-rigged model of the ship FRIENDSHIP (1797). The ship is painted predominantly black and green and has a gold figurehead. Cannon protrude from open ports. Further Reamrks: It is common for sailors to commemorate a voyage by building a model of the vessel they served on. This early model was actually built on board the Friendship by the vessel's second mate and carpenter during a voyage from Salem to Canton and Sumatra in 1802-1804. Captain Story, the master of the Friendship, donated the model to the East India Marine Society prior to 1806.

Exhibition History

  • Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; October 13, 2007 through February 24, 2008
  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present