ROSS S. WINANS
Cigar Ship 1865
The Walter S. Winans was built in Le Havre in 1865.
It was about 72 feet long and nine in diameter, and
displaced 33 tons.
This experimental boat had a complex system of
propellers and a mechanism for driving them in
various combinations. It made a number of
trial runs and ended up at Southampton with the Ross
A Scientific American article repeats
a Manchester Guardian account of yacht's channel
crossing with seven passengers from Havre to
Newhaven on 28 Mar 1866. The article mentions
a single submerged, three-bladed aft propeller with
a diameter of four feet, ten inches. It
carried a full load of coal and was submerged to
just below the centerline. The account
described how well the boat was handled in a heavy
This cigar ship was the most successful ship design
of Ross Winans.
Ross Winans' Cigar Ship model
construction (very important).
- All parts are wood and metal.
- Light "rusted" appearance
that only master modelers can make.
long X 20" tall x 11" wide
We built this model for a museum and took advantage
of economy of scale to make the another one. Thus this one came at
irresistible price of only
S & H is $150