Lot 259: Model of the Arctic Whale Ship Hope by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Model of the Arctic Whale Ship Hope by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
Fully rigged and built to a scale of 1:96, now in a glazed case. Length 25 inches (63.5 cm), height of case 19 ¾ inches (50.2 cm), width 30 ¾ inches (78.1 cm), depth 12 ¾ inches (32.5 cm).
The firm of Alexander Hall & Co. of Aberdeen was commissioned in 1873 by Captain John Gray to build the whaleship Hope. The author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, then 20 years of age and a third year medical student in Edinburgh, signed on as the Hope's surgeon for a dangerous Arctic whaling expedition of six months, which commenced on February 28, 1880 from Peterhead, Scotland. Of the voyage, Doyle said 'I came of age at 80 degree north latitude', which he recounted in his diary, Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure, only published by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. in 2012, 130 years after it was written. Captain Gray, a man Doyle whom admired immensely, nicknamed Doyle as 'the Great Northern Diver' because Doyle repeatedly fell into the freezing water. Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray, the maker of this model of The Hope and the others in the Doubleday Collection, is a descendant of the Gray whaling family of Peterhead, Scotland.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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