About this object

Small sailor-made model of Armed Merchant Cruiser Alsatian, 1914-1917, made by the ship's carpenter, William Ball. AMC Alsatian was the flagship of the 10th Cruiser Squadron during the First World War. The funnels and superstructure are painted in wartime grey, with a black lower hull. The model displays at least 10 guns. The white ensign flies at the stern, and on the fore topmast is the white pennant of a Royal Navy Commodore 2nd Class (cross of St George with red spot in the upper quarter) - the vice admiral's flag, probably of Vice Admiral Tupper. Before being requisitioned Alsatian was owned by Liverpool's Allan Line, but post-war joined the Canadian Pacific fleet and was re-named the Empress of France in 1919.

Object specifics

  • Title
    AMC Alsatian
  • Accession no.
    1971.98
  • Type
    Model; sailor-made
  • Artist/Maker
    William Ball
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1914 - 1917
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    290 mm x 107 mm x 660 mm
  • Related people
    Allan Line (Allan Steamship Co Ltd) (Shipowner); William Ball (Artist/maker); William Beardmore and Co Ltd (Shipbuilder)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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