El Pilar (CON80841)
Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named Pilar. It was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495.”Pilar” was a nickname for Hemingway’s wife Pauline and also the name of the woman leader of the partisan band in his 1940 novel of the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida, Marquesas Keys, and the Gulf Stream off the Cuban coast. He made three trips with the boat to the Bimini islands wherein his fishing, drinking, and fighting exploits drew much attention and remain part of the history of the islands. In addition to fishing trips on Pilar, Hemingway contributed to scientific research which included collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. Several of Hemingway’s books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream. The yacht also inspired the name of Playa Pilar (Pilar Beach) on Cayo Guillermo. A smaller replica of the boat is depicted in the opening and other scenes in the film Hemingway & Gellhorn.
The boat is currently on display in Cuba at the Museo Ernest Hemingway. The museum is located at Finca Vigía, Hemingway’s former home near Havana. Hemingway left the boat to his captain Gregorio Fuentes. Fuentes, one of the hired captains of the boat is said to have been the basis for the character Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea and Eddie from Islands in the Stream. The boat is now owned by the Cuban government after being donated to the people of Cuba by Fuentes. A replica of Pilar is on display in the Bass Pro Shops store in Islamorada, Florida.
Historic Scale Wooden Model Ship Kit El Pilar by Constructo Ship Model
Length 17.3″ Height 8.7″ Scale 1:27
Plank on Bulkhead Wood Hull Construction
Paint set can be found here
El Pilar (CON80841) -ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S YACHT
El Pilar – This is the 1/27 scale El Pilar Wooden Boat Kit from Constructo. In 1934, Ernest Hemingway commissioned a fishing boat to be built to his own specifications. He christened it El Pilar in honor of the virgin of Zaragoza, showing his liking of all things Spanish.
Ribbed hull with extra wood strips, Metal deck hardware, Cloth flag material, Full-color instruction manual in seven languages.