A wooden ship model of the 'John Wesley'. The 'John Wesley' was built in 1846 and was 90ft long and 25ft wide. She had with twin masts and a double hull for protection from the coral reefs of the South Pacific, where she was to sail.
The 'John Wesley' served the Methodist Missions in the South Seas for nineteen years. During this time, she returned to England only once in 1850, for repairs and to be fitted with iron tanks for transporting coconut oil. Sadly, she was thrown onto a Tongan reef during a violent storm in 1865 and foundered, luckily without loss of life.