Lot 262: Model of a Beetle Whaleboat and a Model of a Beetle Catboat by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Model of a Beetle Whaleboat and a Model of a Beetle Catboat by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
The whaleboat built to a scale of 1/36 to one foot; both in glazed cases. Length of first 5 ½ inches (14 cm), height of case 7 ¼ inches (18.5 cm), width 9 ½ inches (24.2 cm), depth 4 ½ inches (11.5 cm).
John H. Beetle, son of the founder, James Beetle, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, built the first 12 foot, gaff-rigged wooden sailboat in 1921. Popular boats in Massachusetts, they were used for fishing in shallow waters along Cape Cod. Famous owners of the Beetle Catboat include Jacqueline Onassis, who shipped one to Greece for her children to learn how to sail. Other owners are Secretary of State, John Kerry, the film director, Steven Spielberg and the fashion designer, Calvin Klein.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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