Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Annapolis - Ship Models

Just a few shot of some of the many ship models on display. Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, these aren't recent models of old ships but very old models of current ships. There seemed to be a several purposes for the models but one of the most common reasons seemed to be a way to show construction details to others.

 

I don't have any detail of what ships they are or even the year. There must have been maybe 60-100 on display and after a while, they all looked alike.

 

I don't know what they were thinking in the painting below. There was no explanation. Any thoughts?

 

This is one of the main academic buildings for the 4000 midshipmen at the academy. Everyone graduates with a Bachelors of Science even if their major was not science or engineering due to the number of mandetory math/science classes. I did run into Department of Engineering and Weapons. Not your normal university major.

 

There was a section on navigation. I used to know how to use one of these. I don't remember much.

 

8 comments:

SonjaM said...

The painting is weird. An early submarine? An underwater playground? Two ships trying to salvage a sunken barge? Jules Verne would know...

RichardM said...

I was reminded of Jules Verne but it didn't have enough iron in the construction of the ship. I was thinking that maybe it was a proposed salvage operation.

Trobairitz said...

Were they trying to raise a sunken ship in that photo. The top ships have their anchors out so maybe not. Odd, but neat

The details in those old ship models is amazing. Someone had a lot of patience.

RichardM said...

In some cases, the model builders were French prisoners during the Napoleanic War, and if they had the skills and experience, it was a good way to pass the time.

Unknown said...

Richard:

those ships remind me of those Model KITS where you had a box of small plastic pieces and your job was to glue them together to make a ship, following their instructions.

I couldn't imagine making one from scratch

That painting is interesting. I'll bet they were trying to lift up the sunken ship. The anchors are to make sure the platform doesn't move. Notice the masts between the two galleons. but then again . . . who knows ?

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

I had also built a lot of those plastic kits and I can't imagine carving the individual pieces. Incredible craftsmanship. The painting had me puzzled but when reading the small text below the picture, , I think it says something about salvage though my first thought was submarine and the masts were pipes supplying air...

VStar Lady said...

Richard, very interesting marine museum. In this area we have a number of marine museums, but all recounting travel on the great lakes.
The painting is interesting, the submerged ship appears larger than the two on the surface - do you suppose the British? (I can't really make out the flags) were planning a salvage operation of a Spanish galleon?

RichardM said...

It was a very interesting museum. They have a huge undisplayed collection as they receive a lot of donated materials. From the text at the bottom of the painting, I believe it is a proposal for salvaging a sunk British ship. But even though I can read the text, I still have a hard time understanding what is said.