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.
August 12, 2016