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He Built a Ship … All by Himself!

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DESCRIPTION: a handmade wooden ship, which measures about 60cm long
DATE: approx late 1800s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Stephen and Alison Phillips (nee Edwards)
STORY/ABOUT: According to my dad, his understanding is that this ship was made by James John (yes the surname is John) (1860-1938) who he believes had been at sea and made these models as a hobby.  Now James John married Clara Phillips (1870-c1957), who was a daughter of George Phillips (1845-1895) and Mary Ann, nee Kemp (1846-1929), my emigrating Phillips family.

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Now to put it into some family type context here’s a little chart :

George Phillips m. Mary Ann Kemp (emigrated to Australia in 1865)
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daughter Clara Phillips b. 1870 m. James John (he’s the one who made the ship)
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ship handed down to James’ nephew Horace Norman “Horrie” Phillips (my great grandpa)
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ship handed down to Alan Phillips (Horrie’s grandson, my dad)
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ship handed down to Stephen Phillips (Alan’s son, my brother)
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Another relative, Ken Phillips also had a similar ship.

[photographs by Jonathan Phillips http://www.justjono.net/]

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