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Object ID # 1957.006.005
Object Name Model
Title Folk Art Model of HMCS "Owen Sound"
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date post-1945
Year Range from 1945
Year Range to 1957
Artist Capel, John
Made John Capel
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description This is a wooden ship model of the HMCS OWEN SOUND. This miniature version of a corvette ship is constructed out of wood and has been painted a naval grey colour. Lettering and details have been added in black paint. Nails, screws, wire, etc. have been incorporated as basic facsimiles of funnels, guns, cables, etc. There are two masts and one cylindrical smoke stack. The keel is not very pronounced. The bridge and observation tower are about 11 cm high. "Owen Sound" is painted on the bow. The hull underneath has a descending set of numbers: 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2. On the starboard side, "KH-76" is painted. The model sits on a black-finished wooden stand that has green felt rests.
Provenance This model of the vessel was made sometime between 1945-1957 by John Capel. Mr. Capel was an Industrial Arts teacher for many years at Dufferin School in Owen Sound, Ontario.
The Grey County Archives has a scrapbook by Sadie Tackaberry that includes a couple of newspaper articles about the real HMCS OWEN SOUND (see p. 24).
Melba Croft's book, A PORT OF SOME IMPORTANCE, pages 207 and 210, shows K340 HMCS Owen Sound.
In 2010, the Grey County Archives received an image of the real HMCS OWEN SOUND, shown underway on open water.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood/Paint/Metal/Felt/Glue
Dimensions H-22.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Capel, John
Corvette ships
Marine History
Royal Canadian Navy
World War II
Search Terms H.M.C.S. "Owen Sound"
Corvette Ships
Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.)