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ROSS WINANS CIGAR BOAT



The Ross Winans was a "cigar boat" built by the Winans family, successful railroad engineers from Baltimore.  In the early 1850’s, they conceived the ideal that the most advantageous shape for an ocean-traveling ship would be a spindle.  The waves would wash easily over the decks, reducing rolling; the pointed hull would cut through the water with minimal resistance. 

The Ross Winans combined a number of ingenious patented mechanical inventions.  She was the first vessel to use high-pressure steam engines, forced-air ventilation, self-centering drive shafts, and derricks for lowering her boats.  Many of these inventions were subsequently used in other vessels.  The original cost of the Ross Winans was about 60,000 pound sterling, or about $6.5 million in today’s money.  

This model Ross Winans model features plank-on-frame construction, similar to the way the real boat was built.  All parts are wooden and metal. 

58" long x 8" wide x 19" tall (including base.) 

All wood and metal.  $2,500     S & H is $130

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