Mystic (1877) – Scale Model Ship by Abordage – Museum Quality History of the Mystic Of all aspects of the New England fisheries of the 19th century, probably none was more distinctive and colorful than that of the mackerel purse seine fishery with its specialized gear, its exacting and carefully-timed techniques, and the fast, handsome schooners built specifically for this seasonal work. Speed was the critical ingredient for a successful fishing trip: a vessel had to make a fast passage to the grounds, the crew had to be alert in their search for elusive mackerel schools, he boats and gear were designed for setting and pursing the seine with utmost speed and efficiency. Speed was also of the greatest importance in cleaning and salting the catch, for fresh-caught mackerel can spoil very quickly. Finally, the vessel had to get the fish to market in the shortest possible time, beating as many of her market-bound rivals as she could in order to get a good price for the catch while demand was high. The schooner MYSTIC was built in 1877 and confined her activities to mackerel fishing and was probably laid up in the winter. The model of this two masted schooner has a wide long low hull with a pointed bow designed for speed. She is painted a rich forest green and dark rust. There are scores of finely carved deck details and fittings to enjoy - especially appealing are the two small fishing dories. Her intricate rigging will heighten your enjoyment of this true American classic. Craftsmanship Our model ships are handcrafted by a highly specialized artisans' guild in the Dominican Republic according to the strictest of standards. These artisans are highly trained experts, using computer-aided design to obtain 100% accuracy in replication scale. The ships are museum quality, made plank on frame. You will not find a higher quality model Mystic at this price! The number one goal in building our ships is to obtain the highest degree of accuracy that is possible. The detail work on the Mystic is made to resemble that of the original – right down to the type of materials selected. All of the parts made for the Mystic are designed specifically for this model – they aren’t substitutes from another ship. Careful precision in detail is made even in the lines. Finish The Mystic is accurately painted with at least two coats of paint. Five coats of lacquer are also applied, and the model is sanded and polished at each stage, giving the work a radiant finish that protects and preserves. Certificate & Plate The Mystic comes with a certificate authenticating the master who made it, it's country of origin, how the motor boat was made, and more. It also comes with a gold colored plate that displays its name and year. Display Case Looking for a handsome way to display and protect your model ship? Consider a display case to accompany your order. We sell finely crafted display cases and can help you select one that will fit the Mystic perfectly. See the “Display Cases” category for more information. Packaging and Shipping Our museum quality ships normally ship within 7-10 business days. They are carefully packaged in crates or very strong boxes, supported with forms to insure their protection during shipping. They are mailed via Fed Ex Air to further protect them and for expedient delivery. Instructions on how to unpackage the ship are found after opening the first box.