Ship Model - Barque Wildfire
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Ship Model

Barque Wildfire

The is the ship model I built for the Mel Fisher Maritime Historical Society. It's the Clipper Barque WILDFIRE that became a slave ship and was caught in 1860 by the U.S. Navy off Cuba with over 500 slaves on board destined for the Havana Slave Market. The ship was brought into Key West where the surviving Africans were unloaded and cared for by the people of Key West until they could be transported back to Africa.
When I build a model ship, I load them with the proper amount of ballast so they can be launched and float properly. This can give the effect of the real ship. The model is currently on display at the Mel Fisher Museum.

Model of the Barque Wildfire - a slave ship

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