Have a look at the model ships used for the first Ben Hur film of 1925 and refurbished for use in the 1959 Charlton Heston epic.
They are copper-hulled and 2-3 metres long ! Originally with a rowing mechanism inside they had wooden decks and sails and rigging now lost.
Strange but beautiful. Not clear who bought them or how much for.
You can see some of them in action on YOUTUBE at various locations.
Splendid stuff !