Looked at pictures of the ship model with the Chiquita logo which come up prominently on a search of SS Choluteca. Found this photo album:
If that doesn't work (go to the redirect site if it instructs to) then try the direct link below:
Notice the image of the plaque with info about the model. Says it was built by Bethlehem Steel. Uh-oh... Went to them on this site:
Sure enough, in 1947, a refrigerated cargo ship was built that was later renamed COLUTECA (no "h".)
Both were fruit ships. Both have similar names. See the confusion? I notice many images of that model (and pics of the actual ship with the logo) now captioned as "Choluteca," some even repeating the story of how she became Taiping.
It looks at this point like there were two Choluteca/Colutecas...the original 1921 ship, which became Taiping, and a "successor," built in 1947 (with either same or similar name.) (Like any navy, reusing popular names to carry on "legacy." Also creates chaos, but hey...we're "connected to our past.")
I am not about to go through all the Lloyds documentation Wrecksite provides, but assuming they are all dated correctly, then what they have for the ship is accurate. I also suspect the first photo, claiming to be a related sister ship, was put up by the original author, who knew what he was doing. The second image, however, looks like the 1947 refrigerated ship. I would not then trust it.
So... We have an Australian ship Taiping, and the movie ship Taiping. A 1921 Choluteca, and a 1947 Choluteca/Coluteca... Is it any wonder sorting this all out was too much for a movie production company? (I'm Taiping! No, I'M Taiping! I'm Spartacus!) Like Tom says above..."Hey, I got these neat EFC 1020 Laker plans here!" "Close enough. Let's get building that set!"
So, I would be very, very careful in researching this one...
One banana, two banana, three banana, four. Four banana's make a bunch, and so do many more. (Banana Splits TV show theme...)
I am going bananas here...
: THANK YOU RALPH, i had found the "wreck
: site "but ignored as the model and ship
: were so far apart i looks! it had dropped
: down my list of todo, but this may raise it,
: a new direction to research in detail at
: least! i would love a rivet counter to try
: this for a project , every part Wrong not
: just a mm here or there! a bit like calling
: a destroyer a battleship!!
: --Previous Message--
: Hey David,
: The thread below by Lars on EFC 1020 ships
: had me reviewing everything I dug up in that
: thread you posted asking about the Taiping,
: but also finding other stuff not previously
: Well, this time I googled different things
: and got much better results! I googled: ss
: taiping 1949 : and got this wonderful hit:
: I immediately went to link below, found
: Newburgh shipyard, and checked their lists.
: There she is...builder's hull number 18,
: just as the wrecksite link says:
: So, she was not an EFC design at all, let
: alone a Laker built in Manitowoc. She was
: built after that program for Cuyamel Fruit.
: You google her original name--SS
: Choluteca--and you will find images of her
: (complete with Chaquita Banana logo.)
: So there we are. The resemblence of the
: model kit to the real ship is vague. But,
: you already had multiple ideas on what to do
: with the kit when our earlier conversation
: Good luck, whatever route you go! Hope this
: helps some.