Tracey Becker Ship Models January 25th, 2018 - 09:46:08
Wooden ship models are built-to-scale representations of modern or ancient sea-faring vessels. Traditionally all types of ship models have been built of wood though with the advent of plastic and sheet metal these have been used for amateur kits. Of course wooden models project grandeur and finesse. The ancient Egyptians were the pioneers who made detailed ship models. The models were crafted as part of funeral rituals which forced the builders to strive for precision otherwise the unmitigated soul would pester them. The ship models kept inside the coffin were supposed to transport the soul of the deceased to the next world.
By 1920 ship model kits were available in cast lead parts. In the 1930s these became popular when \"Popular Science\" magazine published a series of articles and plans of ships. Thus ship modeling developed into a hobby. Ship models have revolutionized the world of pastimes and hobbies. Models of ancient and historic ships sailing ships cruise ships warships small vessels and tall ships are available for prices ranging from $122.99 to $15000. Crude primitives to precision-detail models of museum quality are available from dealers. People associated with ship modeling join together to form guilds for the veterans to pass on their knowledge to the greenhorns and for members of all levels to exchange new ideas. USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild and Ship Modelers Association of California are examples of these guilds.
Ships of olden times were almost always longer than they were taller. This design choice was augmented by the fact many people of ancient times who built ships simply did not have the technology to make them tall. Instead of height ship builders when for width and length. Daunting heights were soon explored as European ship builders discovered the technology that allowed them to build the ships taller. Tall masts were a trademark of ship building of this time. Like a tiered cake builders could build the stern of the ships higher. Today wood tall ship models copy this same antiquated design. The tiered layer of the ship was very popular among builders. Due to the streamlined shape the ship could both carry more weight and move faster through the water. The sleeping quarters for the officers and the helm were both place in this terraced portion of the ship.
That the bell rope was not attached directly to the bell clapper suggests that in those early days the ships bell was not used to mark the passage of the hours and half-hours. Long ago time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. The sand glass on the deck was usually next to a bell (ships strike) and the ships boy (called a Grommet) was responsible for turning the glass over and ringing the ships bell at the same time so that the helmsman could make sure he turned his glass at exactly the same. The ships bell had many uses; to indicate the time aboard the ship and hence to regulate the sailors duty watches; for safety in foggy conditions; signaling; used in gunnery control; the Dutch Navy of the 17th century rang the bell as an order to open fire; as boat gongs indicating officers and dignitaries boarding or leaving the ship and one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ships bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings (the name of the baptized child would usually be engraved on the bell).