Designed by engineer Sir
Charles Parsons in 1894, Turbinia was the world's first
ship powered by steam turbines. Many years later,
Turbinia remained the easily fastest ship in the world,
capable of reaching 34.5 knots!
On June 26th, 1897, at
the Navy Review for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee,
Turbinia turned up unannounced in front of Prince of
Wales, Lords of the Admiralty and foreign dignitaries.
As an audacious publicity stunt, she raced between the
two lines of large warships and zipped up and down in
front of the crowd, easily evading a Navy picket boat
that tried to stop her, swamping it with her wake.
From this clear
demonstration of her speed and power, Turbinia Works at
Wallsend was established to construct the engines for
two destroyers, HMS Viper and HMS Cobra, which were
launched in 1899.
Turbinia set the
standard for the next generation of steamships.
The first turbine-powered merchant vessel, the Clyde
steamer TS King Edward, followed in 1901. The
Admiralty confirmed in 1905 that all future Royal Navy
vessels were to be turbine-powered, and in 1906 the
first turbine-powered battleship, the revolutionary HMS
Dreadnought, was launched.
On October 30th, 1994,
102 years after her launch, Turbinia was put on display
to the public in March 1996 at Newcastle's Museum of
Science and Engineering. She was listed in the
Core Collection of the National Historic Fleet in 2000.
This TURBINIA model features:
parts are wooden or metal
Color and features are of the time the ship's
surprise appearance June 26th, 1897.
24" long x 8.5" tall x 4.5"
wide (base) x 2.5" wide (ship)
$1,300 S & H is $70
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Model Ship Display Case