AUCTION houses around the world are on the look-out for three historic model ships apparently stolen to order from their Irish lock-up.
Michael Murphy and his wife Anne, members of the Wexford Friends of the Tall Ships Organisation, said they have received responses from around the world after going online to alert them to the theft.
They have contacted auction houses, markets, flea markets and organisers of car boot sales in Europe, North America and the Southern Hemisphere to be on the lookout for the circa 1930s and 1940s models of three Irish steamships that were stolen from a locked shed in Wexford town over Christmas.
Mr Murphy, his wife and their son John Michael Murphy, were the guardians of the models, which were between four and six feet in length.
The model collection comprise the actual prototypes of steamships built by the Wexford Steamship Company around World War Two.
The collection is said to be valued at around €8,000.