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The Roraima was a steel-hulled Quebec Line steamship.  She was transporting a cargo of potassium when the volcanic eruption occurred from Mont Pelee, Martinique in April 1902.  She had arrived in St. Pierre only an hour or so and was anchored within a few hundred feet of the doomed city.  Her combustible cargo caught fire, and she burned for three days before sinking in 165 feet of water, where she remains. 

Only 15 of the 68 on board survived, being taken off by a rescue vessel.  It is from these survivors that the best eyewitness accounts of the catastrophe were gathered: 

- "The blast from the volcano lasted only a few minutes... after the explosion, not one living being was seen on land."

- "Wherever the mass of fire struck the sea the water boiled and sent up vast clouds of steam.  The sea was torn into huge whirlpools.  One of these whirlpools swung under the Roraima and pulled her down on her beam ends with the suction.  She careened way over to port, and then the fire hurricane from the volcano smashed her and over she went on the opposite side. The fire swept off the masts and the smokestack...."


This SS Roraima model  features:

- Superior hollow hull construction (very important) weighing less than 14 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 40 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

48" long x  7" wide x 20" tall (including base)  

To commission one or a similar vessel, please click here: Commission a ship model


"Just unpacked the Roraima ship.  She is far above expectations.  Thank you very much for this work.  Some of my friends seeing it may become customers to you very soon.  I'll let you know.  Have a nice day.  Bruno in France."

"Thank you very much for the nice quality of the model ship.  I just receive it yesterday (the customs charge me 150 $.)  I have a friend that asks you for a wreck model sip of the Roraima...  If you do it, may be it can interest me too... Have a nice Week end. Jacky"