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Helmsman

Board Game
ca. 1970 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This board game, made of painted paper mounted on thick card with plastic pieces, was produced by Minimodels Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd. in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It was adverised as captuing all the thrills of authentic yacht racing, and was designed as a game of skill for both children and adults, to be played by two or more people. It provided the novice sailor with practice in the terminology, skills and strategic thinking required in real yacht racing, and, due to the inclusion of additional and more complicated rules, was also designed to challenged more experienced sailors.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 11 parts.

  • Game Board
  • Bag of Dice
  • Bag With Pointer
  • Bag of Game Pieces
  • Game Card
  • Game Card
  • Instructions
  • Instructions
  • Box Lid
  • Box Base Insert
  • Box Base
Materials and Techniques
Cardboard, plastic, wood and paper
Brief Description
Board game, pieces and box, plastic and printed paper on card, 'Helmsman', produced by Minimodels Ltd, a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd., England, ca. 1970.
Physical Description
Board game, with folding game board, plastic pieces and wooden dice, in a printed cardboard box with insert, with two instruction booklets and two instruction cards.
Credit line
Given by Roger Gilham
Object history
This board game was manufactured by Minimodels Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd, who used the trade name Tri-ang. It was produced in the late 1960s.
Historical context
This game was made to be played with upwards of two players, and by either children and/or adults. It was designed to instruct the novice in the skill of sailing, but was also supplied with additional instructions and rules to test more experienced sailors.
Summary
This board game, made of painted paper mounted on thick card with plastic pieces, was produced by Minimodels Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd. in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It was adverised as captuing all the thrills of authentic yacht racing, and was designed as a game of skill for both children and adults, to be played by two or more people. It provided the novice sailor with practice in the terminology, skills and strategic thinking required in real yacht racing, and, due to the inclusion of additional and more complicated rules, was also designed to challenged more experienced sailors.
Collection
Accession Number
B.261:1 to 11-2010

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record createdFebruary 16, 2011
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