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  • Necessary documents (bio, evaluation, hist) & MQ Guidelines
  • Necessary documents (bio, evaluation, hist) & MQ Guidelines
  • National Maritime Museum, Louvre, MFA-Boston, AGO, PEM, Addison Gallery, Mystic, The Mariners’ Mus.
  • Lithograph published by Dutton in 1851, As part of the Great Exhibition of 1851 being held in London, NYYC members decided to sponsor a yacht to sail against British yachtsmen to determine superiority, raced 19 yachts of the RYS around the Isle of Wright. 5200+ square feet of sail area. Queen Victoria era.
  • Lithograph published by Dutton in 1851, As part of the Great Exhibition of 1851 being held in London, NYYC members decided to sponsor a yacht to sail against British yachtsmen to determine superiority, raced 19 yachts of the RYS around the Isle of Wright. 5200+ square feet of sail area. Queen Victoria era.
  • Lithograph published by Dutton in 1851, As part of the Great Exhibition of 1851 being held in London, NYYC members decided to sponsor a yacht to sail against British yachtsmen to determine superiority, raced 19 yachts of the RYS around the Isle of Wright. 5200+ square feet of sail area. Queen Victoria era.
  • Off Cowes, Commissioned by the Rudolph Schaffer family, problem with crewman positioned on the leeward side of the jib boom! – touched up painter to remove, though limited edition lithographs show it.
  • Entitled “On her way to glory”, note stern eagle carving
  • Built by Hilman Brothers Shipyard in New Bedford, MA launched 1842 – Morgan sister ship
  • Donald MacKay California clipper ship off San Francisco c. 1851
  • Donald MacKay California clipper ship off Mexican Baja on her way to S.F. c. 1851
  • Pod of Sperm whales migrating north from the Mexican- Baja c.1852
  • C. W. Morgan, built in 1841 NB, scene is c. 1850’s
  • Oil barrels covered in sea weed, small schooner Agate hove-down for copper sheathing.
  • Charles W. Morgan, New Bedford whaling bark of 1841
  • “ Wintering In the Western Artic”, Herschel Island, Beaufort Sea c. 1896, Bowhead whale fishery for baleen
  • Belvedere era – Northwest Artic
  • Eskimo Seal hunting party / polar bear
  • Exhibit: “One the Water – Stories From Maritime America”, built by Blount Marine Corp., in Warren, RI 1981
  • Exhibit: “One the Water – Stories From Maritime America”, built by Blount Marine Corp., in Warren, RI 1981
  • Largest US flagged factory trawler owned by Alaska Ocean Seafood LLP,
  • Pollock fish for fast food restaurants and the highly profitable surimi- is a fish-based food product that has been pulverized to a thick paste and has the property of a dense and rubbery food item when cooked. 
  • Castle Line: 1960’s era passenger ship – Cape Town to Southampton
  • Napoleonic era 84-gun vessel, boxwood, wood sails & wood rigging
  •      British Navy Board ship model depicting an unnamed Fourth Rate ship of 44 guns.   PREFACE: In my opinion and evaluation, this model very closely resembles the naval architectural and design elements found in the Fourth Rate 52-gun vessel Diamond launched at Blackwall 1708 and rebuilt in 1722.   However, because an existing Queen Ann period Navy Board model has been already attributed to this H.M.S. Diamond (see Kriegstein collection) the present unidentified Fourth Rate model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern currently remains anonymous.   This nameless model’s craftsmanship, construction and decoration very closely resembles another existing Navy Board model, the Fourth Rate H.M.S. Lion of 1738 (see Kriestein collection). In my opinion, because of the scope of similarity between these two models, it lends evidence that the unidentified model may have been constructed during the equivalent period and by the same model shipwrights.     HULL CONSTRUCTION: The 1:48 scale model appears to be mostly constructed of boxwood with traditional exposed (full) framing below the waterline where the futtocks have a reasonably short scarph with the floors and terminate short of the deadwoods. It has planked topsides, and portions of its deck planking are removed exposing deck beams and some interior below deck arrangements. Other finely crafted wooden construction elements (box, pear, ebony) include its full beakhead, rails and timbers; forecastle deck with fife rails, bulkhead/doors and belfry; waist with capstan, hatches, gratings, and ladder ways; quarter deck with wheel, extended central gangway to the main mast, stairway; and the poop deck with bulkhead doors.     DECORATION: The decorative aspects of the model are numerous and are in remarkable condition. A premier feature is the rare oriental fashion of ornamentation known as Chinoiserie. This work is found along the normal areas of the model’s hull. Its exterior upper bulwarks show friezes of scroll work, cannons, shields, drums, horns and other weapons or tributes of war. At the stern and transom area its lower counter has a beautifully detailed horizontal ‘trophies of arms’ display. Some of the friezes are straight forward paint work while others involve segments of gold or silver foil creating a sense of relive to the specific decoration. At either side of the two gunports two full warrior mandarin figures are painted on in red lacquer against a black background. Also, each of the interior side of the open gun port lids, here and throughout the model, are decorated with individual facial ‘mandarin’ caricatures. It is curious to note that a small diamond symbol is painted on the rudder stock visible at this lower transom area. The main set of windows beneath the floor rail of the balcony show four central units and two mock windows at each side. Each unit is well constructed with mullions and decorated dividing posts. The balcony has nicely turned and twisted balusters and this architectural theme carries around to each quarter gallery. The gilt taffrail carvings depict two reclining mythical figures on either side of the emblem which has the monogram of GR shown directly behind the central lantern’s lower support brace. Also, connecting to the taffrail along the quarter gallery elevations, port and starboard, are two figures, a female and a cherub one atop the other.   The two quarter galleries contain the same structural and decorative elements of the stern, yet beneath the lower stools or finishing, each has additional Chinoiserie scalloping paint work.           At the bow and head, the traditional carved lion figurehead is prominently displayed with matching gilt and painted supporting beakhead rails and timbers. The bulkhead has two curved water closets protruding forward and the entire area is decorated with seven red & black painted mandarin figures in typical eastern motif.   CASE: The model is mounted on two brass turned keel pedestal supports and presented in an antique glazed and wood framed case. The display’s handsome design shows eight classical Roman column up-rights and an angled back four-sided wood framed top assembly. This case, probably from the late 18th, may or may not be contemporary to the model. The case includes three lower mast sections: fore, main & mizzen, which lay along the interior plynth.   CONDITION: The model is in Very Good condition with only minimal cleaning and adjustments to gun port lid positions required.   PROVENANCE: Unknown Private Collection, England; The Parker Gallery, London c.1946; Private Collection, United States 1948 – present.     R. Michael Wall, Director The AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY 12 Derby Square Salem, MA 01970 - USA www.shipmodel.com email: [email_address] Tel: 978-745-5777 or Fax: 978-745-5778     1/4” = 1’ scale, Fourth Rate 44-gun model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern   British Navy Board ship model depicting an unnamed Fourth Rate ship of 44 guns.   PREFACE: In my opinion and evaluation, this model very closely resembles the naval architectural and design elements found in the Fourth Rate 52-gun vessel Diamond launched at Blackwall 1708 and rebuilt in 1722.   However, because an existing Queen Ann period Navy Board model has been already attributed to this H.M.S. Diamond (see Kriegstein collection) the present unidentified Fourth Rate model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern currently remains anonymous.   This nameless model’s craftsmanship, construction and decoration very closely resembles another existing Navy Board model, the Fourth Rate H.M.S. Lion of 1738 (see Kriestein collection). In my opinion, because of the scope of similarity between these two models, it lends evidence that the unidentified model may have been constructed during the equivalent period and by the same model shipwrights.     HULL CONSTRUCTION: The 1:48 scale model appears to be mostly constructed of boxwood with traditional exposed (full) framing below the waterline where the futtocks have a reasonably short scarph with the floors and terminate short of the deadwoods. It has planked topsides, and portions of its deck planking are removed exposing deck beams and some interior below deck arrangements. Other finely crafted wooden construction elements (box, pear, ebony) include its full beakhead, rails and timbers; forecastle deck with fife rails, bulkhead/doors and belfry; waist with capstan, hatches, gratings, and ladder ways; quarter deck with wheel, extended central gangway to the main mast, stairway; and the poop deck with bulkhead doors.     DECORATION: The decorative aspects of the model are numerous and are in remarkable condition. A premier feature is the rare oriental fashion of ornamentation known as Chinoiserie. This work is found along the normal areas of the model’s hull. Its exterior upper bulwarks show friezes of scroll work, cannons, shields, drums, horns and other weapons or tributes of war. At the stern and transom area its lower counter has a beautifully detailed horizontal ‘trophies of arms’ display. Some of the friezes are straight forward paint work while others involve segments of gold or silver foil creating a sense of relive to the specific decoration. At either side of the two gunports two full warrior mandarin figures are painted on in red lacquer against a black background. Also, each of the interior side of the open gun port lids, here and throughout the model, are decorated with individual facial ‘mandarin’ caricatures. It is curious to note that a small diamond symbol is painted on the rudder stock visible at this lower transom area. The main set of windows beneath the floor rail of the balcony show four central units and two mock windows at each side. Each unit is well constructed with mullions and decorated dividing posts. The balcony has nicely turned and twisted balusters and this architectural theme carries around to each quarter gallery. The gilt taffrail carvings depict two reclining mythical figures on either side of the emblem which has the monogram of GR shown directly behind the central lantern’s lower support brace. Also, connecting to the taffrail along the quarter gallery elevations, port and starboard, are two figures, a female and a cherub one atop the other.   The two quarter galleries contain the same structural and decorative elements of the stern, yet beneath the lower stools or finishing, each has additional Chinoiserie scalloping paint work.           At the bow and head, the traditional carved lion figurehead is prominently displayed with matching gilt and painted supporting beakhead rails and timbers. The bulkhead has two curved water closets protruding forward and the entire area is decorated with seven red & black painted mandarin figures in typical eastern motif.   CASE: The model is mounted on two brass turned keel pedestal supports and presented in an antique glazed and wood framed case. The display’s handsome design shows eight classical Roman column up-rights and an angled back four-sided wood framed top assembly. This case, probably from the late 18th, may or may not be contemporary to the model. The case includes three lower mast sections: fore, main & mizzen, which lay along the interior plynth.   CONDITION: The model is in Very Good condition with only minimal cleaning and adjustments to gun port lid positions required.   PROVENANCE: Unknown Private Collection, England; The Parker Gallery, London c.1946; Private Collection, United States 1948 – present.     R. Michael Wall, Director The AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY 12 Derby Square Salem, MA 01970 - USA www.shipmodel.com email: [email_address] Tel: 978-745-5777 or Fax: 978-745-5778         British Navy Board ship model depicting an unnamed Fourth Rate ship of 44 guns.   PREFACE: In my opinion and evaluation, this model very closely resembles the naval architectural and design elements found in the Fourth Rate 52-gun vessel Diamond launched at Blackwall 1708 and rebuilt in 1722.   However, because an existing Queen Ann period Navy Board model has been already attributed to this H.M.S. Diamond (see Kriegstein collection) the present unidentified Fourth Rate model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern currently remains anonymous.   This nameless model’s craftsmanship, construction and decoration very closely resembles another existing Navy Board model, the Fourth Rate H.M.S. Lion of 1738 (see Kriestein collection). In my opinion, because of the scope of similarity between these two models, it lends evidence that the unidentified model may have been constructed during the equivalent period and by the same model shipwrights.     HULL CONSTRUCTION: The 1:48 scale model appears to be mostly constructed of boxwood with traditional exposed (full) framing below the waterline where the futtocks have a reasonably short scarph with the floors and terminate short of the deadwoods. It has planked topsides, and portions of its deck planking are removed exposing deck beams and some interior below deck arrangements. Other finely crafted wooden construction elements (box, pear, ebony) include its full beakhead, rails and timbers; forecastle deck with fife rails, bulkhead/doors and belfry; waist with capstan, hatches, gratings, and ladder ways; quarter deck with wheel, extended central gangway to the main mast, stairway; and the poop deck with bulkhead doors.     DECORATION: The decorative aspects of the model are numerous and are in remarkable condition. A premier feature is the rare oriental fashion of ornamentation known as Chinoiserie. This work is found along the normal areas of the model’s hull. Its exterior upper bulwarks show friezes of scroll work, cannons, shields, drums, horns and other weapons or tributes of war. At the stern and transom area its lower counter has a beautifully detailed horizontal ‘trophies of arms’ display. Some of the friezes are straight forward paint work while others involve segments of gold or silver foil creating a sense of relive to the specific decoration. At either side of the two gunports two full warrior mandarin figures are painted on in red lacquer against a black background. Also, each of the interior side of the open gun port lids, here and throughout the model, are decorated with individual facial ‘mandarin’ caricatures. It is curious to note that a small diamond symbol is painted on the rudder stock visible at this lower transom area. The main set of windows beneath the floor rail of the balcony show four central units and two mock windows at each side. Each unit is well constructed with mullions and decorated dividing posts. The balcony has nicely turned and twisted balusters and this architectural theme carries around to each quarter gallery. The gilt taffrail carvings depict two reclining mythical figures on either side of the emblem which has the monogram of GR shown directly behind the central lantern’s lower support brace. Also, connecting to the taffrail along the quarter gallery elevations, port and starboard, are two figures, a female and a cherub one atop the other.   The two quarter galleries contain the same structural and decorative elements of the stern, yet beneath the lower stools or finishing, each has additional Chinoiserie scalloping paint work.           At the bow and head, the traditional carved lion figurehead is prominently displayed with matching gilt and painted supporting beakhead rails and timbers. The bulkhead has two curved water closets protruding forward and the entire area is decorated with seven red & black painted mandarin figures in typical eastern motif.   CASE: The model is mounted on two brass turned keel pedestal supports and presented in an antique glazed and wood framed case. The display’s handsome design shows eight classical Roman column up-rights and an angled back four-sided wood framed top assembly. This case, probably from the late 18th, may or may not be contemporary to the model. The case includes three lower mast sections: fore, main & mizzen, which lay along the interior plynth.   CONDITION: The model is in Very Good condition with only minimal cleaning and adjustments to gun port lid positions required.   PROVENANCE: Unknown Private Collection, England; The Parker Gallery, London c.1946; Private Collection, United States 1948 – present.     R. Michael Wall, Director The AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY 12 Derby Square Salem, MA 01970 - USA www.shipmodel.com email: [email_address] Tel: 978-745-5777 or Fax: 978-745-5778     British Navy Board ship model depicting an unnamed Fourth Rate ship of 44 guns. PREFACE: In my opinion and evaluation, this model very closely resembles the naval architectural and design elements found in the Fourth Rate 52-gun vessel Diamond launched at Blackwall 1708 and rebuilt in 1722. However, because an existing Queen Ann period Navy Board model has been already attributed to this H.M.S. Diamond (see Kriegstein collection) the present unidentified Fourth Rate model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern currently remains anonymous. This nameless model’s craftsmanship, construction and decoration very closely resembles another existing Navy Board model, the Fourth Rate H.M.S. Lion of 1738 (see Kriestein collection). In my opinion, because of the scope of similarity between these two models, it lends evidence that the unidentified model may have been constructed during the equivalent period and by the same model shipwrights. HULL CONSTRUCTION: The 1:48 scale model appears to be mostly constructed of boxwood with traditional exposed (full) framing below the waterline where the futtocks have a reasonably short scarph with the floors and terminate short of the deadwoods. It has planked topsides, and portions of its deck planking are removed exposing deck beams and some interior below deck arrangements. Other finely crafted wooden construction elements (box, pear, ebony) include its full beakhead, rails and timbers; forecastle deck with fife rails, bulkhead/doors and belfry; waist with capstan, hatches, gratings, and ladder ways; quarter deck with wheel, extended central gangway to the main mast, stairway; and the poop deck with bulkhead doors. DECORATION: The decorative aspects of the model are numerous and are in remarkable condition. A premier feature is the rare oriental fashion of ornamentation known as Chinoiserie. This work is found along the normal areas of the model’s hull. Its exterior upper bulwarks show friezes of scroll work, cannons, shields, drums, horns and other weapons or tributes of war. At the stern and transom area its lower counter has a beautifully detailed horizontal ‘trophies of arms’ display. Some of the friezes are straight forward paint work while others involve segments of gold or silver foil creating a sense of relive to the specific decoration. At either side of the two gunports two full warrior mandarin figures are painted on in red lacquer against a black background. Also, each of the interior side of the open gun port lids, here and throughout the model, are decorated with individual facial ‘mandarin’ caricatures. It is curious to note that a small diamond symbol is painted on the rudder stock visible at this lower transom area. The main set of windows beneath the floor rail of the balcony show four central units and two mock windows at each side. Each unit is well constructed with mullions and decorated dividing posts. The balcony has nicely turned and twisted balusters and this architectural theme carries around to each quarter gallery. The gilt taffrail carvings depict two reclining mythical figures on either side of the emblem which has the monogram of GR shown directly behind the central lantern’s lower support brace. Also, connecting to the taffrail along the quarter gallery elevations, port and starboard, are two figures, a female and a cherub one atop the other. The two quarter galleries contain the same structural and decorative elements of the stern, yet beneath the lower stools or finishing, each has additional Chinoiserie scalloping paint work. At the bow and head, the traditional carved lion figurehead is prominently displayed with matching gilt and painted supporting beakhead rails and timbers. The bulkhead has two curved water closets protruding forward and the entire area is decorated with seven red & black painted mandarin figures in typical eastern motif. CASE: The model is mounted on two brass turned keel pedestal supports and presented in an antique glazed and wood framed case. The display’s handsome design shows eight classical Roman column up-rights and an angled back four-sided wood framed top assembly. This case, probably from the late 18th, may or may not be contemporary to the model. The case includes three lower mast sections: fore, main & mizzen, which lay along the interior plynth. CONDITION: The model is in Very Good condition with only minimal cleaning and adjustments to gun port lid positions required. PROVENANCE: Unknown Private Collection, England; The Parker Gallery, London c.1946; Private Collection, United States 1948 – present. R. Michael Wall, Director The AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY 12 Derby Square Salem, MA 01970 - USA www.shipmodel.com email: wall@shipmodel.com Tel: 978-745-5777 or Fax: 978-745-5778
  •    This exquisite antique extreme miniature ivory ‘micro-craving’ of a British frigate represents the highest form of marine art produced in this genre during the late 18th century. Such works were collected by King George III, Catherine the Great, and Maria Theresa of Austria. These tiny ivory reliefs are said to be the most sensational objects ever created by an artist’s hand and were called “mirabilia” – or “miracles”. The model is mounted in a vertical cameo (oval) case measuring 3 ½”H x 3”W. The vessel itself measures 1 5/8” long x 2 5/8” high.       British Navy Board ship model depicting an unnamed Fourth Rate ship of 44 guns. PREFACE: In my opinion and evaluation, this model very closely resembles the naval architectural and design elements found in the Fourth Rate 52-gun vessel Diamond launched at Blackwall 1708 and rebuilt in 1722. However, because an existing Queen Ann period Navy Board model has been already attributed to this H.M.S. Diamond (see Kriegstein collection) the present unidentified Fourth Rate model with its GR (George II 1727-1760) monogram on its stern currently remains anonymous. This nameless model’s craftsmanship, construction and decoration very closely resembles another existing Navy Board model, the Fourth Rate H.M.S. Lion of 1738 (see Kriestein collection). In my opinion, because of the scope of similarity between these two models, it lends evidence that the unidentified model may have been constructed during the equivalent period and by the same model shipwrights. HULL CONSTRUCTION: The 1:48 scale model appears to be mostly constructed of boxwood with traditional exposed (full) framing below the waterline where the futtocks have a reasonably short scarph with the floors and terminate short of the deadwoods. It has planked topsides, and portions of its deck planking are removed exposing deck beams and some interior below deck arrangements. Other finely crafted wooden construction elements (box, pear, ebony) include its full beakhead, rails and timbers; forecastle deck with fife rails, bulkhead/doors and belfry; waist with capstan, hatches, gratings, and ladder ways; quarter deck with wheel, extended central gangway to the main mast, stairway; and the poop deck with bulkhead doors. DECORATION: The decorative aspects of the model are numerous and are in remarkable condition. A premier feature is the rare oriental fashion of ornamentation known as Chinoiserie. This work is found along the normal areas of the model’s hull. Its exterior upper bulwarks show friezes of scroll work, cannons, shields, drums, horns and other weapons or tributes of war. At the stern and transom area its lower counter has a beautifully detailed horizontal ‘trophies of arms’ display. Some of the friezes are straight forward paint work while others involve segments of gold or silver foil creating a sense of relive to the specific decoration. At either side of the two gunports two full warrior mandarin figures are painted on in red lacquer against a black background. Also, each of the interior side of the open gun port lids, here and throughout the model, are decorated with individual facial ‘mandarin’ caricatures. It is curious to note that a small diamond symbol is painted on the rudder stock visible at this lower transom area. The main set of windows beneath the floor rail of the balcony show four central units and two mock windows at each side. Each unit is well constructed with mullions and decorated dividing posts. The balcony has nicely turned and twisted balusters and this architectural theme carries around to each quarter gallery. The gilt taffrail carvings depict two reclining mythical figures on either side of the emblem which has the monogram of GR shown directly behind the central lantern’s lower support brace. Also, connecting to the taffrail along the quarter gallery elevations, port and starboard, are two figures, a female and a cherub one atop the other. The two quarter galleries contain the same structural and decorative elements of the stern, yet beneath the lower stools or finishing, each has additional Chinoiserie scalloping paint work. At the bow and head, the traditional carved lion figurehead is prominently displayed with matching gilt and painted supporting beakhead rails and timbers. The bulkhead has two curved water closets protruding forward and the entire area is decorated with seven red & black painted mandarin figures in typical eastern motif. CASE: The model is mounted on two brass turned keel pedestal supports and presented in an antique glazed and wood framed case. The display’s handsome design shows eight classical Roman column up-rights and an angled back four-sided wood framed top assembly. This case, probably from the late 18th, may or may not be contemporary to the model. The case includes three lower mast sections: fore, main & mizzen, which lay along the interior plynth. CONDITION: The model is in Very Good condition with only minimal cleaning and adjustments to gun port lid positions required. PROVENANCE: Unknown Private Collection, England; The Parker Gallery, London c.1946; Private Collection, United States 1948 – present. R. Michael Wall, Director The AMERICAN MARINE MODEL GALLERY 12 Derby Square Salem, MA 01970 - USA www.shipmodel.com email: wall@shipmodel.com Tel: 978-745-5777 or Fax: 978-745-5778
  • A room-sized, battered frigate, which dangerously lists as if it is about to sink. Set against the photographic backdrop of the same model ship perilously afloat in a stormy sea, Shonibare's sculpture appears as both a dramatic stage set and a two-dimensional image come to life. The work recalls the devastating wreck of the French ship, Medusa, off the coast of Senegal in 1819; the appalling conditions faced by its survivors were imagined by Théodore Géricault's 1819 painting, The Raft of the Medusa. The artist also alludes to William Shakespeare's 1611 play, The Tempest, which tells the story of the sorcerer Prospero, who, marooned on an island, conjures a shipwreck to lead his jealous brother, Antonio, to him. The shipwreck, which is never staged in the play, here is given a tangible form. The sculpture introduces the artist's exhibition and is the visual equivalent of Shakespeare's "tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning" with which he begins his tale.
  • A room-sized, battered frigate, which dangerously lists as if it is about to sink. Set against the photographic backdrop of the same model ship perilously afloat in a stormy sea, Shonibare's sculpture appears as both a dramatic stage set and a two-dimensional image come to life. The work recalls the devastating wreck of the French ship, Medusa, off the coast of Senegal in 1819; the appalling conditions faced by its survivors were imagined by Théodore Géricault's 1819 painting, The Raft of the Medusa. The artist also alludes to William Shakespeare's 1611 play, The Tempest, which tells the story of the sorcerer Prospero, who, marooned on an island, conjures a shipwreck to lead his jealous brother, Antonio, to him. The shipwreck, which is never staged in the play, here is given a tangible form. The sculpture introduces the artist's exhibition and is the visual equivalent of Shakespeare's "tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning" with which he begins his tale.
  • Regan Library, Simi Valley, CA Circa 1951-52 “I built two model ships, the USS America and a USS Challenge , C-2 merchant freighter. they were about 2 feet long (probably 1/16” scale” and each took me two months to construct and costs may $105.75. I drove people knots trying to convince them that life wasn’t complete until you’ve built a model ship”. HOBBY magazine 1952 article entitled, ‘Movielandlubber’
  • 76 ship models on exhibit
  • Necessary documents (bio, evaluation, hist) & MQ Guidelines
  • Webster’s Dictionary: “Art is a skill acquired by experience, study or observation It is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.” Just as a painter must master the skill of drawing, a expert ship modeler must master many skills, such as carving, metal smiting, painting, and the application of threads and cloth.
  • Buckley Class was built by the Bethlehem Steel Co. at San Francisco launched on September 26, 1943.
  • Sampling of six whaleboat models show the variety of approaches
  • Buckley Class was built by the Bethlehem Steel Co. at San Francisco launched on September 26, 1943.
  • Buckley Class was built by the Bethlehem Steel Co. at San Francisco launched on September 26, 1943.
  • Mcaffery’s 1/16 sc cutaway, open framed ½ hull, Mystic’s gift of a CW Morgan hanging knee #73 c. 1886
  • Buckley Class was built by the Bethlehem Steel Co. at San Francisco launched on September 26, 1943.
  • New bedford whaling museum, 2013

    1. 1. R. Michael Wall, Guest Curator Judy N. Lund, Co-Curator
    2. 2. R. Michael Wall, Managing DirectorAmerican Marine Model Gallery Gloucester, Massachusetts
    3. 3. The Poop DeckTiburon-Belvedere CA, 1975-1979
    4. 4. Mystic Maritime Gallery Mystic Seaport, Connecticut 1979-1982
    5. 5. DOUCMENTATION
    6. 6. Ship Model ClassificationCLASS A: Scratch-Built Model:Model built entirely from scratch materials by the builder with no commercially fabricated partsexcept cordage, chain and belaying pins.CLASS B: Modified Scratch-Built Model:Model built from scratch, but supplemented by the use of some commercially fabricatedaccessories.CLASS C: Modified Kit Model:Model built from materials provided in commercial kit, supplemented by other commerciallyfabricated parts or by scratch-built parts.CLASS D:Kit Model: Model built entirely from materials provided in commercial kits.SPECIAL: Sub Categories:Model built and/or displayed in any of the following methods: Antique, Waterline, CrossSection, Cut-Away, Exposed Interior, Sailing, Half-Hull, Bone/Ivory, Diorama, Power, Working,Builder’s Model, Extreme Miniature, Ship-in-a-Bottle, Shadowbox, Americana, Folk Art,Decorative, Pond Model, Production, Other.
    7. 7. American Marine Model Gallery Salem, Massachusetts 1982 - 2008
    8. 8. World’s Only Gallery Devoted to the Fine Art of Ship Models Representing Internationally Acclaimed Marine Model ArtistsGallery Services Include: – Consultation & Collection Management – Custom Models (historic or yacht) – Conservation Restoration – Appraisal – Custom Display Units
    9. 9. American Marine Model Gallery Gloucester, Massachusetts 2008 - 2013
    10. 10. Fine Ship Models are recognized by top museums and collectors as Decorative Works-of-Art Manuel Perry, whaling bark
    11. 11. The physical ARTISTRY of aprofessional marine painting involvesthe Craft of -Precise drawing William Bradford – skiff c.1860
    12. 12. Creating the compositionof the scene. William Bradford - frigate
    13. 13. Application of paint
    14. 14. Charles W. Morgan, Fred S. Cozzens, watercolor, 1851
    15. 15. Charles W. Morgan, William Gilkerson, watercolor.
    16. 16. Charles W. Morgan, John Stobart, oil.
    17. 17. Authentic research – whaler Californiaby Professional Marine Model artistRoger Hambidge
    18. 18. Craft of wood working - creating the framed hull, then the crafts of metal- smithing, paint work, and fine rigging.CaliforniaClass-A Scale ¼” = 1’
    19. 19. CaliforniaCreatively presented with the portsideshowing natural wood exposed frames, thestarboard with oxidized copper sheathing,artistic weathering throughout andimplementation of soft textured cloth sails.
    20. 20. California by professional marine model artist Roger Hambidge
    21. 21. Comparable Artistry John Stobart William Bradford Marine Painters vs. Marine Model Artist William Hitchcock
    22. 22. Flying Cloud, John Stobart, oil, $375,000
    23. 23. WILLIAM E. HITCHCOCK, Flying Fish, 3/32” scale,$55,000
    24. 24. William E. Hitchcock,Flying Fish,Clearwater diorama,3/32” = 1’ ScaleCase: 45” long
    25. 25. William E. Hitchcock, Flying Fish
    26. 26. William E. Hitchcock, Flying Fish
    27. 27. Unloading Whale Oil Casks – New Bedford, John Stobart, oil$250,000
    28. 28. William E. Hitchcock, C.W. Morgan, Wharf side, NewBedford, MA, 1/8” scale, $28,000
    29. 29. William E. Hitchcock, C.W. Morgan, Wharf side, NewBedford, MA
    30. 30. William E. Hitchcock, C.W. Morgan, Wharf side, New Bedford, MA
    31. 31. William Bradford, oils 1874 & 1882, Artic steam whalerPANTHER
    32. 32. William E. Hitchcock, Arctic steam whaler Belvedere, 18963/32” scale [$32,000]
    33. 33. William E. Hitchcock, Belvedere
    34. 34. William E. Hitchcock, Belvedere
    35. 35. The Gallery has provided variousprofessional ship model services to the following list of clients. Some of these have ship model collections open to the public.
    36. 36. CLIENTS & REFERENCESThe White House New York Yacht Club Smithsonian Institution St. Francis Yacht ClubMystic Seaport Museum Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Peabody Essex Museum Eastern Yacht ClubThe Mariners’ Museum American Yacht Club South Street Seaport Museum Boston Yacht ClubNational Maritime Museum Corinthian Yacht Club Musée National de la Marine Herreshoff Marine MuseumBermuda Maritime Museum Newport Harbor Nautical Museum Museum of Fine Arts Bermuda National TrustHart Nautical Museum - M.I.T. Independence Seaport Museum San Diego Maritime Museum Maine Maritime MuseumCarnegie Museum New Bedford Whaling Museum Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum San Francisco Maritime MuseumCape Ann Historical Association Wadsworth Athenaeum Farnsworth Art Museum Addison Gallery of American ArtKendall Whaling Museum Ventura County Maritime Museum U.S. Naval Academy Museum Perry-MacMillan MuseumU.S.S. Merchant Marine Museum U.S.S. Constitution Museum U.S. National Park Service U.S. Department of the TreasuryU.S. Department of State U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    37. 37. Some interesting Custom ShipModel projects provided by ourGallery -
    38. 38. F/V ALASKA OCEAN, 376’factory trawler for full at sea fishprocessing - Seattle
    39. 39. ▪ 3/16” = 1’ scale▪ Model 6’ long▪ With cut-awaywindow and raiseddeck to view at-seaprocessing sequence.
    40. 40. Interior factory deck and freezer hold
    41. 41. Smithsonian - Maritime HistorystaffApril 2009
    42. 42. F/V Alaska OceanStarted May 2007on exhibit May2009 [$75k]
    43. 43. DUC DE BOURGOGNE80-Gun French First RateShip-of-the-lineBattle of Cape Henry atChesapeake Bay 1781Class-A 1/8” = 1’ Scale
    44. 44. BONHOMME RICHARDContinental Navy 40-GunFrigateCommanded by CaptainJohn Paul Jones 1779Class-A 3/16” = 1’ Scale
    45. 45. Detailed diorama depicting aderelict vessel undergoing acomplete dismantling like thosecurrently languishing on thecoastline of Chittagong,Bangladesh.Class-A/Special 1/16” = 1’ Scale
    46. 46. Yacht Models for private customers:Perini Navi 47meter ketch Feadship 49meter
    47. 47. Yacht Models for private customers:Alden Yachts 52’ Sloop Hinckley T37
    48. 48. British Builder’s model, Windsor Castle, Largest scale model 23’ [$150,000]
    49. 49. Antique prisoner-of-war ‘chip-wood’ model, c.1805 model 1 1/2” long [$12,000]
    50. 50. 18th c. British Navy Board modelMost expensive $1,200,000. [Christie’s – London sale 2002]
    51. 51. Rarest model: 18th c. micro ivory carving in a cameo setting [$75k] Cameo: 3 ½” x 3”
    52. 52. Most Flamboyant: Le Medusa, by conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare. 5’ x 6’ display [$250k]
    53. 53. 2010 London’s Art Council – Fourth Plynth Award Yinka Shonibare HMS VictoryNational Gallery of Art – Trafalgar Square
    54. 54. 1933 - 1945President Franklin D. Roosevelt, model builder and collector Peter Ness, James Arnold
    55. 55. 1961 - 1963President John F. Kennedy
    56. 56. 1977 - 1981President Jimmy Carter
    57. 57. 1981 - 1989President Ronald Reagan, model builder
    58. 58. “Life wasn’t complete until you’ve built a model ship” c.1950USS Challenge USS America President Ronald Reagan
    59. 59. 1989 - 1993President George H. W. Bush
    60. 60. 1993 - 2001 President William Clinton’s state gift to Japanese Priminister Tomiichi Murayama 1995Gloucester Fishing Schooner: Gertrude L. Thebaud
    61. 61. SURVEYING A SHIP MODELBeyond a model’s aesthetic artistry - when lookingconsider:1. Woodworking and craftsmanship of the hull2. Quality and care of paint work or natural wood finish3. Level of detail on metal work and fittings4. Delicateness of rigging and comprehensiveness.
    62. 62. Six Models of the icon, Charles W. Morgan, by six different modelers
    63. 63. They made subjective interpretation of the information,and approached the craftsmanship at their own level, and preferred presentation
    64. 64. Six different presentations of the tryworks!1 2
    65. 65. 3 4
    66. 66. 55 6
    67. 67. Erik Ronnberg’s Kate Cory, note the variegated copper sheathing and soft textureof the cloth sails, all add to the even palate of colors used by the artist.
    68. 68. International whaling - off-shore craft. Note the simplicity of construction for thenorthwestern Artic models, while the Japanese Sampans are exquisitely decorated.
    69. 69. Half Hulls:The three on top are traditionalwaterline lift models.Matilda SearsContest??Napoleon, can be disassembledvia removing bulkhead sectionsand hull lines can then bedeveloped.
    70. 70. American Whaleboats:Nine examples representing the variety ofconstruction and presentations differentartists achieve for this small whaling craft.
    71. 71. Pleasure Craft: Joseph W. Appleton’s - AvantiTypifies the three most important aspects of a yacht model: polished paintwork, detailedworking fittings, and customized twisted wire rigging.
    72. 72. Tom Borges - ConcordiaThough a large scale model, thisalso demonstrates the high level ofcraftsmanship that can be achievedwith paintwork and fittings.
    73. 73. Professionally built 1956 studio model, exhibits multifaceted aspects of detailed woodworking of the hull, clever weathering and articulating work action figures, made for the movie Moby Dick.MGM’s - Ahab and crew!
    74. 74. Charles W. Morgan – structural aspectsOpen framed half-hull; miniature cut-awaymodel; and actual ships hanging knee #73.
    75. 75. 200 year old models needing Conservationand StewardshipAbove: 74-gun bone Napoleonic eramodel; above right: early 19th c. Frenchgun-boat; bottom right: early 19th c.American 18-gun brig.
    76. 76. THANK YOU R. Michael Wall © 2013

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