By: Robert H. Mouat
Typical of large numbers of "laker" cargo steamers, Carib was built by Michigan 's Wyandotte Shipbuilding Co. with registered dimensions of 264' in length, 44' in beam and 19' in draft. Passing through the locks into the St. Lawrence River , such vessels participated in the great economic shipping boom before and during WWI. Sunk in 1915 by German mines in the North Sea , her loss became a sign of war's escalation as both Germany and England sought to defend offensive actions against worldwide shipping which violated peacetime treaties. The model is constructed of solid wood with built-up superstructures made of soldered brass or tin assemblies. It is authentically painted per traditional merchant configuration, yet with artistically applied dramatic weathering. It is fitted-out with cargo cranes, booms, canvas covered hatches, wooden cargo crate, used boiler, and sundry supplies stowed about the aft deck. The sculpted hand-painted plasticine sea describes heavy weather, with the ship heading into the wind. Displayed in a custom fitted glazed case with brass trim and mahogany baseboard with brass name plaques.