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
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
This SS Roraima model features:
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
- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood
glued together, not
several solid pieces stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
long x 7" wide x 20" tall (including base)
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ship. She is far above expectations.
Thank you very much for this work. Some of my
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soon. I'll let you know. Have a nice
day. Bruno in France."
you very much for the nice quality of the model
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