Conserving a model of 'TSS Cedric'
The conserved builder's model of 'TSS Cedric'. The model is currently on display in the Art and the Sea gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum.
'TSS Cedric' was built in 1903 by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line. This is the original builder’s model which was made to a scale of 1:64 (one inch on the model is equal to sixty four inches on the ship).
The model has been damaged in the past by water and impact, and it has had some poor quality repairs carried out on it. Many of the cabin walls, the lifeboats and the baseboard have been over-painted. Interestingly, the baseboard is made from a single piece of mahogany!
A previous conservation treatment removed an opaque layer of dirt which had covered all the horizontal surfaces, but there was still an oily residue and spotting on the decks.
A lot of the original rigging had broken. Most of it was carefully joined and repaired, other rigging had to be replaced.
Some of the porthole glass had come loose and was a very delicate task to put back, other portholes had a white deposit on them from old wax polish where the hull had been polished.
Click on the thumbnails below to see the conservation work in progress.
'TSS Cedric', liner, builder's model (Harland and Wolff), scale 1:64
Accession number 34.140