Deirdre Ochoa Ship Models January 27th, 2018 - 10:46:06
Wooden Ship Models are quickly becoming an obsession of mine I must admit! They make a phenomenal center piece for any room but if you are going to put it on display you want it to be high quality. There are a lot of things that you want to look for when you are in the market for a Wooden Ship Model whether they are tall ship models or a scale Titanic model there are some staples that you should look for. The Construction The construction of your model should be done by master craftsmen and should be considered \"museum quality.\" For a normal model of this caliber you want to look for at least a hundred hours of labor time during construction. The preferable design is what is called plank on frame construction. This is the same technique that was used to build real wooden ships and it gives them a very authentic look.
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).
These were supposed to transport the soul of the deceased to the next world. Seafaring aspects were delineated to the modern world by these ritual models. Also one can see models of vessels crafted from the twelfth century to the fifteenth century mounted in various churches. During the occasion the vessels and the crew members were blessed. In course of time up to the eighteenth century shipwrights were apprenticed to vessel-building craft and the art was handed down from father to son. It is clear that there were no models during the days before actual ship building. Models began to be formally made during eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when celebrated warships were made. Ship modeling had a slow start in the United States; it became more popular only from 1900 onwards.
An Admiralty style model could also be a cross section of the hull. This is where all the planking is in place however the model would only represent part of the ship such as the bow mid section or stern. The advantage of building an Admiralty ship model to the ship model builder is that you can add detail to better represent the purpose and era of the ship. Using the Bounty as an example representation can be made for the galley armament room carpentry shop hold captains quarters etc. The Bountys botanical mission was to pick up bread fruit plants so some plants can be added as well as an area that would have been used for the studying of plants and animals discovered along its journey. Prior to starting the ship model the builder should not only study the ship that is being represented but also the era in which the ship was built. Ship building changed from century to century.