An innovative embrace of sail power is being tested in the Southampton Marine Labs. Several websites host short videos of the models in wind and tank tests.
Thanks to James Pratt for highlighting that diarist Samuel Pepys collected model ships. Pepys turned to model ships as a method to gain 3D understanding of naval activities. This knowledge was useful in his role as Clerk of the Acts to the King's Ships. http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/samuel-pepys-and-navyView this entry at the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Collector David Hawkins has opened a private museum of Model Ship Building in St. Peters, PEI, Canada. I am looking forward to a visit and a chance to view models built by Wheaton Gosbee of Abney, Paul Hansen of St. Eleanors, Billy Derby of White Sands and Boyd Allen of Murray River.
The opportunity for viewing Richards Beresford's collection of 20 model schooners in one room has passed with his death and dispersal of goods. I am glad to see this 2014 article by Shawn Hayward capturing the collection's existence. Find it here in Down Home Life Magazine.
"On the Rocks," is a virtual museum of shipwreck photos curated by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This 1970 photograph documents the first tanker sinking and oil spill in NS. http://novascotia.ca/museum/wrecks/gallery/photo.asp?ID=60
I also heard from Kline Holland who reported that a friend from past university days, Brian Julien, worked on the diaster while employed at Imperial Oil.
Punt building is being revived on Fogo Island, Newfoundland thanks to the Shorefast Foundation and skilled boat builders such as Jim Edwards, Melvyn Combden and others. I am looking for model boats from Fogo Island including those by Melvyn's dad, Raymond Combden of Seldom. Thanks to Bonnie McCay for news on Raymond's model transport ship.
Looking forward to viewing this collection in person! See article
Wonderful to be pointed in the direction of Michael Katzev & his work raising and preserving one of the earilest examples of a cargo ship dated to 300BC. Named for the harbour town near its waterly grave, the "Kyrenia Ship," is now on display in Kyrenia. Read NYtimes obit on Michael Katzev.
To better understand the original boat Katzev built a scale model representation.
My brother Will introduced me to the Blaschka Glass Models created for musems in the late 19th and early 20thc. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/articles/2007-05-15/Sea-creatures-of-the-deep---the-Blaschka-Glass-models/
Wanda Koop receives her Governor General's Award in Visual Art tonight and I am honored to be her guest. I have fond memories of first meeting Wanda in Vancouver in the late 80s. I treasure our experince travelling on the Birchglen freighter in 2010 as Captain Bob Wilkie's guests alomng with our collaborator Marcia Connolly. Our film "KOOP," was the result.