Introduction-SA Fisheries Museum

SA Fisheries Museum


chieftain1Chieftain” - A Short History...

Originally constructed on the former Woodstock beach front in Cape Town by Harold Misplon, is a 1:30 scale replica of a former crayfish vessel “Chieftain”, depicting the layout of the vessel during the 1946 crayfish season. The “Chieftain” is seen here in the distinctive black-and-brown colour scheme of the Ovenstone crayfish fleet that once operated out of Port Nolloth. This model presents the typical layout of South African wooden fishing vessels during the post war era such as the wheelhouse design, tall-mast and gaff-derrick with an emergency sail attached. This model which is fully radio controlled, was constructed by Jaco Louw according to the traditional plank-on-frame method whereby each plank is hand sawn, steamed and then nailed onto the frames constructed from oak.

After “Lockdown”,  Chieftain will be on display along with Jaco’s other beautiful scale model trawlers at the SA Fisheries Museum.