Kelley Pittman Ship Models January 25th, 2018 - 10:06:24
Ship models are built-to-scale replicas or representations of sea-going vessels of all types. A model is a decorative art form that promises to enhance lifestyles throughout generations and to create lasting impressions; ship models are marked by elegance prestige and beauty and add luster to the interior of ones home yacht or office. Traditional ship models have been built of wood though current amateur kits provide models made of plastic. There are also models built of sheet metal. The ancient Egyptians were the first to make detailed ship models which were part of funeral practices. Wood models of a ship and crew with accurate details were included in the coffin.
Tall ships began to undergo a transformation when new technologies came to light. Ships with taller hulls and decks began to emerge. Schooners of the time had always been streamlined but now they were transformed to a larger ships that could carry much more cargo. War was what many of these ships were best suited for. Loads that were significantly more heavy and dense could be carried by these ships with great ease. The transfer of food medicine and guns to their troops was greatly increased when countries employed these ships. The war effort by England around the world to control more countries was made easier by the aid of these ships.
The sailing ships had ferried a large number of slaves from countries in the African continent to the United States during the time of flourishing slave trade. With regard to the structure of the sailing ships every vessel has a hull rigging and a mast to hold up the sails that tap the wind to power the ship. Ballasting helps to weigh down the bottom of the ship so that the waves would not push the ship over. Convention had it that only a vessel with three or more masts was called a ship. Others were called a boat. Now the norm is ignored. The crew members who sail a ship are called sailors or hands who take turns to take the watch. In modern times the voyage of sailing ships for transportation of passengers and cargo is not desirable as this would take months. Expeditions explorations and scientific voyages or training jaunts are undertaken on sailing ships even at present. Fine models of sailing ships are on display at the prestigious American Marine Model Gallery in Salem Massachusetts. During the Great Age of Sail Salem Massachusetts was one of Americas busiest seaports and maritime centers.
There are several types of construction of a wooden ship model. Some are carved from a single block of wood others by gluing together blocks of wood or by gluing together of slabs of wood into a laminated block. Others are built on what is called plank-on frame built just as the full-size ship is constructed. Wooden models of all types of vessels--luxury cruise liners war ships sailing ships--are available from dealers. A wooden model of a Chalutier ship costs $149.95; a USS Ronald Regan model costs $999; a wooden model Schooner costs $26.96; a Harvey wooden model costs $110; a Cutty Sark Wooden model costs $189; and an Atlantic costs $195.95. There are various price ranges for the connoisseur.