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Old 07-01-2018, 09:17 PM   #1
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July 2nd, 2018: Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

What’s a teen to do while locked up in an 1870 British asylum? Build a toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.
Sounds like he might have come from a wealthy family to support this activity.



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Confined since age 15 in Surrey’s Earlswood Asylum, autistic savant James Henry Pullen spent seven years building a 10-foot replica of the iron steamship Great Eastern. Completed in 1877, it included brass anchors, copper paddles, 13 lifeboats, hundreds of individually molded planks, 5,585 rivets, and more than 1 million wooden pins made in a specially constructed pin mill. The upper deck could be hoisted to reveal state cabins and furniture inside.
This is the sectional plan of the actual 692-foot steamship, for comparison.



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It’s now on display at the Museum at the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:49 AM   #2
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Good lord...
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:09 PM   #3
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All those sails AND a big engine?
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:18 PM   #4
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Side wheeler!
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:19 PM   #5
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1,000,000 pins sounds like a lot of pins for a ten foot model.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:07 PM   #6
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Two boilers for the side wheels, three boilers for the screw props, plus nine sails.
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