Scale-model of torpedo boat H.M.Q.S. 'Mosquito'

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Scale model of Queensland Maritime Defence Force torpedo boat HMQS Mosquito
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Model Ships
CH classification MILITARY Navy
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Model boat: Centreline Length (stern to bow) 826mm; Height (top of funnel to bottom of boat) 112mm; Height (top of funnel to bottom of wooden base); Beam Width (widest point) 118mm
Acrylic case: L 857mm; W155mm; H245mm
Wooden base: L882mm; W180mm; H17mm
Media/Materials description
Fibreglass, plastic, acrylic glass, wood
H.M.Q.S."MOSQUITO"/ Thornycroft Torpedo Boat No. 193/ Built in London 1883/ Length 63 Ft.- Scale 1:24/ Stationed at Brisbane, Queensland/ MODEL BY: CLIVE GOODENOUGH/
History and use
Torpedo boats were small, manoeuvrable, steam-powered water craft specifically designed to harass large warships within the confines of harbours and inland waterways. Built in Chiswick, England in 1883, by shipbuilders, J. Thornycroft & Sons Limited, HMQS 'Mosquito' was brought to Australia aboard the 'Duke of Glouscester' in 1884 and commenced service in Brisbane in 1885. After Federation, 'Mosquito' was transferred to the Commonwealth Naval Forces and served as a training vessel until1910. In 1913, after having all fittings and engine removed, 'Mosquito' was towed up the Brisbane River and abandoned among the mangroves of Boggy Creek.

There are currently two pieces of the original 'Mosquito' in the Queensland Museum's collections: a piece of the aftermost section of the torpedo boat's casemate and a piece of wood, believed to be part of the teak railing, with holes drilled at 30cm intervals. Built by from boating enthusiast and model boat builder, Clive Goodenoug, this model was commissioned by the Queensland Museum to enable research and interpretation of these parts.

Born on 27 October 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand Clive Goodenough has a life-long interest in boats and sailing. As a child, he spent summer holdiays playing on the wreck of an identical torpedo boat, ‘Defender’, formerly part of a similar nineteenth-century New Zealand naval defence force. A photograph of Clive sitting on the disarticulated conning tower of ‘Defender’, aged about ten, is on display in the Thornycroft Torpedo Boat Museum, Lyttleton, New Zealand.
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