A Naval Chef D'euvre





Gervase Murray, a deaf and dumb young man, the son of a poor widow

living at Balbriggan, has just completed a miniature merchant ship,

which in mechanical structure, symmetrical build, and neatness of

finish, is not probably surpassed by anything of the kind to be seen in

Ireland. It has been minutely inspected by competent judges, who assert

that its tout ensemble a more perfect piece of ingenious workmanship

they have never seen; nor could the most experienced ship carpenter do

more justice to the various compartments, appendages, and riggings than

has its mute architect, with but very indifferent apparatus--a penknife,

a file, and a bradawl being the principal instruments employed in the

work. It measures exactly six feet from the figure head to the helm, and

is precisely the same extent in height from the top of the mainmast to

the keel, the width being of proportional dimensions. The materials are

all of the best description, are tastefully polished or painted where

necessary, and are so exactly fitted in every part as to baffle the

detection of any conspicuous fault whatever. It is fully manned with a

crew of little wooden men, and officers in uniform, and completely

equipped with boats, capstan, blocks, hawsers, cables, davits,

cat-heads, bars, bolts, buckets, chocks, compasses, and even three brass

cannons; in short with everything that may be seen in a large ship. She

bears the significant name of "The Star of the Sea." Had he been able to

exhibit it, as he intended, at the late Dublin Exhibition, there is no

doubt that it would have attracted considerable attention, which perhaps

might have led to a substantial recognition of merit having been awarded

to a poor dumb youth, the chief support of his widowed mother, as a

well-deserved recompense for the patience and native talent displayed in

the construction of this tiny chef d'euvre of naval art, which must have

given him an immense amount of trouble and anxiety during the two years

he has been engaged in building it.--Irish Journal.





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