Scale-model of torpedo boat H.M.Q.S. 'Mosquito'
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CH classification MILITARY Navy
Acrylic case: L 857mm; W155mm; H245mm
Wooden base: L882mm; W180mm; H17mm
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.