Continuing work with the Ship Models

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Work continues on the exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society, with models having arrived every day for the past two weeks.  We have almost reached the finish line though with only a couple more models set to come in.  Although anyone can walk through and see the work we’re doing, the exhibition officially opens August 5th and will remain open until February 11th, 2018.  The models are so lovely and it’s amazing the amount of work and skill that goes into making them.  The model makers clearly have a tremendous amount of patience.

There are a lot of models that people will recognize in this show, including America, CSS Virginia, USS Monitor, and SS United States.  We get a lot of questions about our model of SS United States, which is currently in storage, so it will be great to have one on display again.  There are two models of America (where the America’s Cup race gets its name), which make an excellent contrast to the AC72 displayed in the gallery next door.  It shows you just how far technology has taken us.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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1952 exhibition space

Our first picture this month shows an old exhibition in 1953.  I’m not sure what the theme of the exhibition might be, but there are a number of lighthouse lenses displayed as well as part of the cockpit seat from Yacht America, the first winner of the America’s Cup.  For any of those that keep track, USA continued to hold onto the cup again last year in a nail-biting race.  America was designed by George Steers of George Steers & Co. and built by William H. Brown in 1850/1851.

A life-saving display in our courtyard exhibition in 1939.  The two little life-cars are still on display, one in our International Small Craft Center and the other in Abandon Ship.  Life-car’s were used to rescue people when a ship was foundering close to shore.  A line would be attached from the shore to the ship and the car would be pulled to shore with the people in it.  The hanging breeches buoy is also on display in Abandon ship.   Read more