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A SPLENDID 1/43 SCALE MODEL

 



Having read the 2011 proceedings of the Gloucester Branch of the World Ship Society, Ian Hickman very kindly got in touch to share pictures of his splendid 1/43 scale radio controlled model of the former Aust-Beachley ferry Severn King.  He says:

 

 

  
  Having read the 2011 proceedings of the Gloucester Branch of the World Ship Society, Ian Hickman very kindly got in touch to share pictures of his splendid 1/43 scale radio controlled model of the former Aust-Beachley ferry Severn King.  He says: 
 

 

  
 

I have an interest in local history and coupled with this, there was sufficient information and pictures of the Severn King to make a stab at a model. If not perfectly accurate a reasonable interpretation I hope.

 
 

 

  
  The model has taken a bit of time to do very much on and off!  I have built a few boat models over the years generally in the middle of winter!

I have an interest in local history and coupled with this, there was sufficient information and pictures of the Severn King to make a stab at a model. If not perfectly accurate a reasonable interpretation I hope.

I also had some materials left over from other projects and was looking for something to do with them. So the model is largely made from recycled bits and bobs. I know the hull shape is wrong but needed sufficient buoyancy to cope with the RC gear, batteries, cars etc at 1:43 scale. After all it’s under the water! The model has two motors three ESC's and 3 servos.

 
 

 

  
 

I bought the time table in an internet auction a couple of years ago as I thought it made a good companion to the model.

 
 

 

  
  I bought the time table in an internet auction a couple of years ago as I thought it made a good companion to the model.  
 

 

  
 

I remember as a child the excitement of travelling on similar ferries though I never went on this one as we moved into the area a few years ago.  I was trying for a late 50’s look with some of the cars I remember from my childhood. One of the model cars, the Riley at the back was a model I had as a child, the only one that survived! The Austin Princess is a reference to the ‘No Direction Home’ photo of Bob Dylan on Aust pier waiting for the ferry.  Passage across this part of the Severn Estuary has a long heritage, probably dating back to pre-history despite being a notorious stretch of water with one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world.

 
 

 

  
  I remember as a child the excitement of travelling on similar ferries though I never went on this one as we moved into the area a few years ago.  I was trying for a late 50’s look with some of the cars I remember from my childhood. One of the model cars, the Riley at the back was a model I had as a child, the only one that survived! The Austin Princess is a reference to the ‘No Direction Home’ photo of Bob Dylan on Aust pier waiting for the ferry.  Passage across this part of the Severn Estuary has a long heritage, probably dating back to pre-history despite being a notorious stretch of water with one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world.  
 

 

  
 

The Severn King was built in Beverley by Woodward & Scarr in 1935, with a length 75.2 ft, breadth 26.1 ft and 83 Gross tons displacement, for the Old Passage Severn Ferry Co. Ltd Chepstow.

 
 

 

  
 

The Severn King was built in Beverley by Woodward & Scarr in 1935, with a length 75.2 ft, breadth 26.1 ft and 83 Gross tons displacement, for the Old Passage Severn Ferry Co. Ltd Chepstow. They apparently strapped a caravan to the deck for the delivery voyage from Hull to Chepstow.

In 1966 the Severn King made her last commercial crossing prior to the opening of the first Severn Bridge, having served for 31 years. The Severn King was subsequently used in the demolition of the Severn and Wye railway bridge at Sharpness and on 5 July 1969 she lost her moorings in the night and became entangled with the bridge and was holed.

In January 1970 she was bought for 75 by Harkers Shipyard and was cut up for scrap on a mud bank at Sharpness Dock.
 
 

 

  
 

The other ferries in the fleet were the Severn Queen and the Severn Princess and a great model on the Severn Princess by Tim Ryan of the Severn Princess Restoration Group is seen above.

 
 

 

  
 

The other ferries in the fleet were the Severn Queen and the Severn Princess and a great model of the Severn Princess by Tim Ryan of the Severn Princess Restoration Group is seen above.

The last time I heard the Severn Princess still exists in a rather dilapidated state under the Bridge in Chepstow having been found in Ireland, I haven't heard anything about this for some time now. An earlier ferry was the Princess Ida and possibly others. It would be nice to find more about the early years of the Old Passage Severn Ferry Co.

Just a few of the many relevant links include:

http://www.friendsofpurton. org.uk/Vessels/Severn_King. html

http://www.fodu3a.co.uk/ meetings.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Aust_Ferry

Ian then promised to send in some pictures of his model on the Severn at Beachley when the weather improved - and here they are!  Thank you also to Ian's friend Robert for making the shoot possible and to Ian's patience in drying the sea water out of the hull afterwards!

 
 

 

 

 
 

The 1966 vintage M48 bridge is in the background of the 1/43 scale model just upstream of the giant pylon carrying the high tension wires of the National Grid to a similar structure on the Welsh shore.

 
 

 

  
  The 1966 vintage M48 bridge is in the background of the 1/43 scale model just upstream of the giant pylon carrying the high tension wires of the National Grid to a similar structure on the Welsh shore. 
 

 

  
 

The 1966 vintage M48 bridge is in the background of the 1/43 scale model just upstream of the giant pylon carrying the high tension wires of the National Grid to a similar structure on the Welsh shore.

 
 

 

  
 

Looking upstream this time, Ian's Severn King is about to sail into sunlight with Oldbury nuclear power station on the horizon above its mast and the lighthouse guarding the Hen and Chickens rocks to the left of the picture.

 
 

 

  
  Looking upstream this time, Ian's Severn King is about to sail into sunlight with Oldbury nuclear power station on the horizon above its mast and the lighthouse guarding the Hen and Chickens rocks to the left of the picture.