On Board the Dawn Treader
We have received a report from ‘myartismylife’ who has been aboard the Dawn Treader on the Movie World tour. There’s a lot of interesting description of the carvings and details found aboard the ship. Here’s the report:
Hi, I have been to Movie World and have been on the tour. It is of the Dawn Treader herself!
The main body of the ship is in a huge hanger. The tail sits to one side (the left of it) and the head to the right. The mast is in three pieces, one on the ship and two sections standing on the floor next to it. The ship is so big they just couldn’t get it all in in one piece.
People are allowed to go up onto the actual deck and walk around. The front and back (sorry don’t know the proper names for that part of the ship) are roped off.
You can see by the photos the level of detail that has gone into the craftsmanship. There are just empty rooms in the body of the ship. Other sets were made for those rooms. Interestingly, around the main mast (the one on the ship) are the following words “All Narnians, with grateful hearts may we give thanks to the crew of the mighty Dawn Treader for their strong minds and artisan hands.” There is a date (I think in roman numerals) but it did not come out well on the photo. Under this banner are three large bands of many, many names which I am assuming are the names of the people who have worked on the creating of the Dawn Treader.
In the middle of the ship’s deck are two statues of a faun with two beavers at its feet. They are holding a large stick on their shoulders and suspended from that is a large golden bell that has carvings of the seven lords that are lost with their names above their heads. Real lead light has been used on the glass doors and windows. You can see by the detail of the little soldiers that have been carved (resin) to hold the ropes that this type of detail is everywhere on the ship.
I was allowed to spend as much time as I liked looking around and taking photos and asking questions of the tour guides. At the moment it seems that the Dawn Treader is on show for four weeks at Movie World and then she shall be scrapped! They said that companies shall probably purchase bits of her for other shows or museums etc; and the rest shall be dumped. What an absolute disgrace!
On the floor of the hanger besides the head, tail and the two sections of the mast there are five round rocks, two tv screens showing a time lapse film of the building of the Dawn Treader. I asked if they would have a copy of this film for sale but the guides did not know. It just would be so interesting to see. Anyway there are sections of railings at one end of the hanger and three VERY tall statues of kings, holding their heads, and six very large bells are hanging in the air with one bell crashed on the floor of the tiles. They come from the “Bell Tower”.
The whole ship is situated on stilts so that you can see the construction underneath with is just amazing.
Thanks to ‘myartismylife’ for the great report.
UPDATE: Here are a few pictures from the Flickr account of Jin-Tao. You can see them here.