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August 16, 2013

Essex schooner proves a model work

The Evelina M. Goulart, the historic ship patched up at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum now has some competition for attracting visitors — a model of the same ship, just 1/29th the size of the original.

The Evelina M. Goulart, named after the only daughter of the ships builder Manual Goulart, was launched in 1927; it is just one of seven surviving schooners built in Essex.

Although Evelina died about three years after the schooner was completed, the ship’s legacy still lives on.

In its heyday, the Evelina acted as a swordfishing vessel and then as a trawler, fishing out of Gloucester.

The 86-year-old ship is a survivor of a 1938 hurricane; it was at sea at the time. However, the Goulart was not ship-shape in 1985, where it sunk during a storm while it was docked in Fairhaven. It remained there for about a year, it eventually raised and made its way back in Essex in 1990.

The model, built by Paul Gran who also frequents Rockport, is a much more international affair; it measures about 40 inches long while the fishing vessel is about 86 feet.

The model ship was built and assembled in Israel — where Gran is a also citizen — with specific parts ordered from the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.

Once completed, it had to be disassembled and shipped to Boston after changing planes in Madrid. The model vessel was then reassembled in Rockport and brought to the museum.

Despite its worldly ventures, Gran said he had little trouble getting the ship through securities checkpoints in Israel and the United States. The process itself is much more involved.

After speaking his Rockport colleague Erik Ronnberg Jr. — who wrote a book on the schooner — Gran decided on the Goulart because the last model was done in the 1950s. The work us also a model of the ship when it was a trawler.

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