The model was designed by R.C. Johnston, naval architect of Niagara-on-the-Lake. His web site is worth looking at: www.rcjohnston-naval.ca
It is a presentation model designed to be photographed, hence the lack of detailed finish and the lights. It was part of a proposal to replace the ageing Maid of the Mist before Hornblower won the contract. I understand the electronic design files were sent to a company in Ottawa for CNC machining out of high-density polyurethane foam. ("They did it in an afternoon", Bob told me.) The model sat in the window of his design office on Mary Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a few years. He moved office last year and gave the model away to another man whose name I forget. This gentleman's wife wanted it out of the house(!), which is when I heard about it. Having seen the model in Bob's office, I volunteered to take it. It needed dust, debris and insect parts cleaned out which I what I did before passing the model on to you.
I've known Bob for a few years. He is rather shy and it took a while to get to know him. He trained at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in the days when men who had built the Titanic still worked there.
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