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                                        TALL SHIP MODELS

"Once again, you have blown me away with the excellent detail on the USS Constitution. It is unbelievable how meticulous everything is done. And of course, the packing was perfect. Not even a broken string on the rigging.  I'm at a loss for words to tell you how pleased I am. I sit there and see in my mind your sitting in front of the ship and doing all the tedious handwork. Now I just have to decide what my next ship will be to add to my fleet!  Thank you again.  Brett  Dec. 5, 2016"

No where else you can find dedicated American craftsmen like at Model Ship Master. If you are watching Elementary Season 5, pay attention to a beautiful unfinished model tall ship. In Feb. 2017, CBS contacted Model Ship Master for an unusual request: to supply CBS a tall ship that looked half completed, within 5 days. Acknowledging this prop was an important element in the movie set, our artisans worked hard and delivered the model in time, with the help of an overnight delivery service.  You can count on Model Ship Master, any time, any where!

 
 

"I love to sail the forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts."--HERMAN MELVILLE.

"Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and spirit into the mystic."--VAN MORRISON. 

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Royal Albatross


 


The Royal Albatross started her life in Chicago, cruising the Great Lakes prior to the beginning of an epic journey that brought her over 15,000 kilometers from the moderate climes of North America to the tropical waters of South East Asia.  In Singapore, approximately 360,000 man hours were invested re-designing and re-fitting Royal Albatross resulting in a sailing ship of unmatched quality and splendor.  
 


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USS Constitution

 


After the decommission of the USS Simpson, the USS Constitution is
the only commissioned US Navy ship that sunk an enemy vessel.  In 1844, USS Constitution became the first American warship to circumnavigate the globe.  USS Constitution is world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat as of today.
 

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 HMS Captain
On board the 74-gun third-rate Captain, Nelson was largely accredited for the British victory at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. The British fleet was supposed to "tack in line" but Nelson disobeyed the order. He realized that the leading Spanish ships were escaping and wore his ship to break out of the line of battle to attack the much larger Spanish ships.
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USS Essex


 

Essex was  the first Yankee warship that captured a ship of the Royal Navy. During her first eight weeks at sea, she had taken nine British ships.  In 17 months  she went on to sweep the Pacific of British whalers,  merchantmen, and warships, taking 16 vessels in all.
 

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HMS Terror

Bomb ketch


 


Because of her extremely strong hull to withstand the recoil of the mortars, Terror was converted in time of peace to explore the Antarctic region. The volcano Mount Terror on Ross Island in Antarctica was named after the ship, instead of vice-versa.   Terror saw war service in the the 1st Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and War of 1812 against the United States. 
 


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HMS Victory


 


A First Rate ship of the line, HMS Victory was the most successful 100-gun ship of the period. Being the flagship of half a dozen famous admirals, HMS Victory was also the legendary Nelson’s flagship against France and Spain in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She was essential to Britain's continued superiority on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars.
 


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HMS Beagle


HMS Beagle was a brig-sloop of the Royal Navy.  She was launched on 11 May 1820 on the River Thames and named after the beagle dog breed.  In July of that year she took part in a fleet review celebrating the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom in which she was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge.  She was then adapted as a survey barque and took part in three expeditions.  On the second survey voyage the young naturalist Charles Darwin was on board, and his work would eventually make Beagle one of the most famous ships in history.
 


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HMS Glatton


 


HMS Glatton was unusual in that she was the only ship of the line to be armed exclusively with carronades instead of the traditional long guns that other warships carried in this era. Carronades were half the weight of the equivalent cannon, and could be worked by fewer men.
 

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HMS Daedalus

 


This 24" long HMS Daedalus model ship was built for a Sri Lankan resort hotel.  The hotel had a view of Great Bars and Little Bars Light Houses, far out at sea and the management wanted a historic ship model for the view.  This small ship model demonstrates our ability to produce very intricate details on small model ships as well as our capacity to help clients meet rush deadlines in important projects.  
 


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TNS Austin

The Texas Navy Ship Austin was a sloop-of-war and flagship of the Texas Navy's first known as the Texas.   The ship, constructed in Baltimore by the firm of Shott and Whitney, was commissioned into the navy on January 5, 1840.   The TNS Austin was 125 feet in length and 31 feet across the beam, with a displacement of 600 tons and a draft of 12˝ feet.  She carried a crew of twenty-three officers and warrant officers and 151 sailors.
 

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USS Wasp 1806

Wasp was one of three sloops-of-war ordered by Secretary of the Navy, William Jones, in June of 1813.  Wasp and two others-Peacock, and Frolic were all put to sea in June of 1814.  The Frolic was captured straight off by two British ships, but the Peacock and Wasp went off to raise havoc with British shipping, capturing or burning between them 34 ships, 16 for the Wasp.  USS Wasp famously defeated two British brigs, the HMS Reindeer and the HMS Avon in June and September 1814.  
 

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USS United States

 

The tall ship USS United States was the first of six frigates to be launched and commissioned into the United States Navy under the Acts of Congress of 1794.  USS United States was the fastest and the most heavily armed.


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USS Constellation

 

150-year old sloop-of-war USS Constellation is the last sai-only ship  designed and built by the U.S. Navy and also the last civil war vessel afloat.   Her name represents the "new constellation of stars" on the American flag.  Despite being a single-gundeck ship, she is actually larger than her frigate namesake, and more powerfully armed with fewer but much more potent shell-firing guns.
 

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Wanderer whaler
 

The Wanderer is considered as one to the most beautiful, above all however, as last sailing boat to the whale hunt one used.  Between 1878 and 1924 she went 23 times on whale hunt, mainly in the area around the Azores and caught a record 24 whales.   
                                                                                                     

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Californian Schooner

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alifornian is a full-sized replica of the revenue service cutter C.W. Lawrence which operated off the Californian coast in the 1850s. The "Official Tall ship Ambassador for the State of California" is now providing sail training and sea educational programs up and down the Californian coast.
                                                                                                                

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Santisima Trinidad
Santisima Trinidad was famous as the only four-decker ship of the line ever built.  Her 144 guns and her strong, growing red color scared away enemy ships who only dared to come attack her in pack.  This celebrated gigantic  first-rate Spanish ship remained the world's biggest warship during her long 36 years of service. 
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Ville de Paris

 

The Ville de Paris was a large three-decker French ship of the line that became famous as the flagship of the Comte de Grasse during the American War of Independence.


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HMS Surprise


 


"Just to let you know that I received my ship model HMS Surprise yesterday, Tuesday 2nd October - just six days from California to Wales, brilliant ! I am absolutely delighted - it is beautifully built, detailed and rigged, a real credit to the builder. Neil Myles."
 


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Bucentaure
 

Bucentaure was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy and the flagship of Vice-Admiral Latouche Tréville.  At the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson's HMS Victory broke the French line just astern of Bucentaure, raking her less protected stern.
                                                                                                     

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Redoutable
The Redoutable was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.  She duelled with HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar and killed Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson.  This tall ship model was commissioned by a private collector and completed in May 2014.
                                                                                                   

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L'Hermione

The frigate Hermione was built in a golden age of French naval construction.  Her construction took only 11 months.  In January 1779, back from America where he had volunteered to serve the American cause, Marquis of La Fayette successfully persuaded France's King Louis XVI to offer military and financial assistance to the troops of General Washington (5,500 men and five frigates.)
 

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San Felipe

Built in 1690, San Felipe soon proved to be Spain's most powerful fighting ship ever.  Her slim profile and wide spread of sail bestowed great maneuverability and agility. She established herself very quickly as her impressive record in the first 4 years of service made her the flagship of the famous Spanish Armanda. Under the command of Commodore Enrique MacDonnell, San Felipe was armed to take on the mightiest ships in the French and British navies.
 

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HMS Royal Sovereign


HMS Royal Sovereign was a 100-gun first rate ship of the line.  She was best remembered as the flagship of Admiral Collingwood at the Battle of Trafalgar and took the honor of the first ship of the fleet in action at Trafalgar in 1805.  She was a considerably faster ship  and pulled well ahead of the rest of the fleet. 
                                                                                                   


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HMS Neptune

 


 


HMS Neptune was a 98-gun 2nd rate ship of the line which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.  She played an important role in the battle, stationed third in the weather line, behind the flagship Victory and the Temeraire.  She attacked and captured the Spanish flagship Santisima Trinidad.  After the battle, it was the Neptune that towed the crippled Victory, bearing Nelson's body, back to Gibraltar. Neptune served as the flagship for Rear Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane leading the fleet that captured the French colony of Martinique in the West Indies in 1809.
                                         


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Indefatigable


Indefatigable was selected by C. S. Forester as the ship on which his fictional hero Horatio Hornblower spent most of his time as a midshipman in the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. The Spanish flotilla incident also is fictionalized in Post Captain, the second of the Aubrey–Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. HMS Indefatigable is also mentioned in a novel by Alexander Kent.
 

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Armed Launch

This type of 30-foot long armed launch was used by the many navies during the 19th century. They were armed with naval guns of different caliber and type; in the bow section a cannon or carronade was installed while in the stern two more light, small cannons were placed to be aimed by hand.

 

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Flying Cloud

 

Flying Cloud set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours and held this record for over 100 years, from 1854-1989. The Flying Cloud's achievement was remarkable under any terms. But, it was all the more unusual because its navigator was a woman.

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 HMS Agamemnon  For three of the most crucial decades of British naval history, HMS Agamemnon was at the center of events, fighting at the Battle of the Saintes, the Battle of Copenhagen and, of course, Trafalgar. Nelson always referred to HMS Agamemnon as his favorite ship.
HMS Agamemnon ship model
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 HMS Bellona
HMS Bellona was one of the most famous ships of the British Navy.  Her design was so successful that it gave rise to two slightly modified classes that eventually included over two dozen additional ships-of-the-line.  The 74-gun ship formed the backbone of the principal naval powers of Europe from the Seven Years War (1756 - 1763) to the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1815).  .
 

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Sovereign of the Seas

 

SOS fired a broadside of two tons of metal and was known by the name "Golden Devil." In her first naval engagement in 1652, she sank a large Dutch warship with a single broadside! For 60 years SOS ruled the seas, unmatched.
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HMS Resolution

HMS Resolution was the ship in which Captain James Cook made his second and third voyages of exploration in the Pacific.  The Resolution impressed him so much that he called her "the ship of my choice", and "the fittest for service of any I have seen."
                                                   

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HMS Bounty

 

HMS Bounty is unquestionably the most famous of all tall ships. The notorious Captain Bligh and his ship are the subject of thousands of books and articles and several motion pictures.  
HMS Bounty ship model
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HMS Endeavour

Captains Cook's ship which discovered Australia and many other Islands in the pacific. This model is one of the kind. It shows the interior on one side and full hull on the other.
                                                   
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La Belle-Poule

 



 


The frigate La Belle-Poule (1834-1881) remain famous because her history is related to that of Napoleon. Before dying, the Emperor had expressed the desire to be buried on the edges of the Seine. To satisfy the public opinion, king Louis-Philippe ordered La Belle-Poule brought back to France the Emperor’s remains. During the Italy and Crimean Wars, La Belle-Poule performed like a star in Toulon. At her demolition in 1888, she still remained painted in black, in remembering her mission for the greatest Emperor of France. 
 

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Charles W. Morgan whaling bark
 

Built by Jethro and Zachariah Hillman in New Bedford in 1841, Charles Morgan whaler made thirty seven voyages including several trips around Cape Horn and visits to the Artic and the Antarctic. The Morgan is the only remaining American wooden whaling ship today. 
                                                                                                     
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Marco Polo

 


In 1852, the Marco Polo sailed from Liverpool to Port Phillips Head in 76 days. After spending 3 weeks in port, she returned to Liverpool in another 76 days.  Her total trip time was 5 months, 21 days, making this the first round trip in less than 6 months.  This record stood for 15 years.
 

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Batavia

Batavia was very large and also sturdy to be able to make long voyages of over a year to transport a great quantity of cargo of goods and passengers between the Netherlands and Asia. Although being a trade vessel, Batavia had to be able to defend herself and therefore was heavily armed.   A large crew up to 300 was required to man the ship. She was made famous by the subsequent mutiny and massacre that took place among the survivors.


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Cutty Sark

 


Cutty Sark, the beautiful clipper ship launched at Dumbarton on the Scottish Clyde, was renowned throughout the seafaring world and won a place in the hearts of British seamen, coming second only to Nelson's own immortal H.M.S. Victory.
 


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Royal Caroline


 

Royal Caroline is the official ship to transport the English Royal family.  Royal Caroline had several important design features and was the most advanced ship at the time.  

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Mary Rose

 


Mary Rose was an English warship equipped with 78 guns. She was named after King Henry VIII's favorite sister who later became the queen of France.  Mary Rose was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside and was the second most powerful ship in the fleet and a firm favorite of the king.  Click on the photo to view our spectacular tall ship model.
 

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Santa Maria

 

Christopher Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Nińa, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.  His flagship, the Santa Maria had 52 men aboard while the Nina and Pinta were each crewed by 18 men. the Santa Maria took the lead in navigation, direction, and peed.

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HMS Sirius


 


After five years in service between Britain and North America, HMS Sirius was fitted out for service as flagship of the "First Fleet."  On May 13, 1787 the First Fleet embarked from Plymouth, England on a journey to the far side of the world. The fleet was bound for the great South Land to establish the penal colony of New South Wales, the future first state of the Australian Commonwealth.
 


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Vigilant

A Baltimore Clipper


The clipper Vigilant sailed for 138 years -- an outstanding achievement for a wooden ship which plied the waters. Vigilant outdated all other vessels by many decades despite enemy fire, treacherous coral reefs, and the yearly hurricane season.                    
 


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Schooner USS Enterprise

 


USS Enterprise was built in Baltimore in 1799
by the famous shipbuilder Henry Spencer. She was called "Lucky little Enterprise" due to her fabulously successful career in the campaign against the Barbary pirates and in the War of 1812.   Within only one year, she captured eight privateers and liberated 11 American vessels from captivity. Those achievements assured her inclusion in a fleet of 14 ships retained in the US Navy after the Quasi-War.  
 


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Vasa (Wasa)



 


Named after the royal house, Wasa was built to represent the power and glory of the great King Gustave II of Sweden when the country was the dominant military force in the Baltic. In 1628, Wasa was built to be the most powerful and beautiful warships ever to sail the seven seas.


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Fair American


The Revolutionary War brig Fair American is based on Model No. 60 in the Henry Huddleston Rogers ship model collection now on exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.  The model was made by the British Admiralty after the vessel's capture to study her fine hull form and enormous rig.  
                                                                                                                

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Golden Hind

The Golden Hind  circumnavigated the world 1577-1580.  The journey started with 5 ships but only flagship Golden Hind survived.  Golden Hind's achievement marked the beginning of the rise of England as a major maritime power.
                                             

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San Mateo
 

The San Mateo represents a Spanish galleon from the 16th century and was part of the fleet of Philip II.  She is a typical example for the characteristic Spanish galleons.  Because of their perilous ways, these galleons were a cross between freighter and battle-cruiser. 


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San Francisco II


 


During the 16th century the most feared of all ships were the Spanish Galleons.  From that time and for nearly 150 years these small but sturdy ships reigned on the high seas.  The San Francisco II was one of the most outstanding of its age.  She represents the mainstay ships of the Spanish Armada.   
                                        

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Brig Hector


 

 


This small and sturdy 200 ton-cargo vessel-with not even the barest amenities of a passenger ship-- managed to carry a courageous band of 200 Scots to a safe landing  in Pictou harbor, marking the beginning of a stead stream of Highland emigration to the area that became known as Nova Scota on Canada's Atlantic coast. 
                                           

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Gotheborg

 


Götheborg is an 18th century Swedish East Indiaman. She sank off Gothenburg, Sweden on 12 September 1745 while approaching its home harbor after returning from her third voyage to China.

 

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SS Great Britain


 

The tall ship Great Britain was by far the largest ship in the world at that time.  She was the world's first steamship with a hull made of iron.  She also was the first propeller-driven ship to achieve the Atlantic crossing.


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Marco Polo

 


In 1852, the Marco Polo sailed from Liverpool to Port Phillips Head in 76 days. After spending 3 weeks in port, she returned to Liverpool in another 76 days.  Her total trip time was 5 months, 21 days, making this the first round trip in less than 6 months.  This record stood for 15 years.
 

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SS Central America

 

The SS Central America was a sidewheel steamship of the United States Mail Steamship Company.  The ship sank in a hurricane in September 1857, losing about 400 passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds of gold.  The shipwreck was recently discovered from its resting place 8,000 feet below sea level, off the Carolina coast.  Much of the gold was nicely recovered!
 
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Black Prince


In 1795, while he was Ambassador to France, Ben Franklin purchased a small French schooner. He manned the vessel with Portuguese sailors, but appointed an American captain.  The ship was nearly invisible at night, as she was painted black above the waterline. Franklin aptly named her Black Prince and sent her to raid British merchant shipping. Black Prince gained a reputation as a courageous privateer, taking prizes in the English Channel and even attacking British ships in their home ports. the prizes and booty she captured were sent home to the Colonies to help win the War for Independence.
                                                                                                                


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Reale De France


 

The "REALE" in the name points out that she belonged to the king personally. The ship was decorated by the sculptor Pierre Puget. Some of the stern ornaments are shown in the Musée de la Marine in Paris, which also holds the original plans and many documents about the Real De France.

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Sea Cloud


 


The Sea Cloud’s life story is more thrilling than some novels. She was built in 1931 in Kiel at the request of a Wall Street broker.  It was his wife, Lady Marjorie Post, who shaped the Sea Cloud’s character. She had exquisite taste: Only the best was good enough for her. She loved golden bath fixtures, Carrara marble, precious woods, solid brass and antique furniture.

 


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Amerigo Vespucci


 


Amerigo Vespucci was built in 1930. She is the largest of the full rigged ships used by the navies of the world for sail-training, the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ was named for the Italian navigator and explorer who lived in the 15th century and for whom America was named! 
 


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Peregrine galley


 


The Peregrine galley was built 1700 in the Royal Navy Dockyard at Sheerness in the Thames estuary. In 1716 she was refitted as a royal yacht in Deptford and was renamed Carolina. King Georg I made six voyages on her 1714 - 1726 to visit his beloved duchy Hanover.


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USCG cutter Bear


 


The Bear was probably the most famous cutter to fly under the RCS/USCG ensign. The Bear was built as a sealer at Dundee, Scotland. At two hundred feet long, Bear was heavily built, with six inch thick oak planks, reinforced with heavy steel plating that could take her confidently through the ice. From her launch in 1874 until 1884 she made annual trips to the arctic sealing grounds.
 

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"Hello,  I have done as much diligence as I can bear on finding the best quality model ship makers and am about to submit an order to you for your USS Constitution model. Can you explain what the 110V light feature is, please?  Is this something that you connect in some way to the model? I could not find a description of this on your website, apologies if it is there and I missed it. Also, have you ever considered a model of HMS Warrior? Thanks! Gareth H. Ph. D."
          

"Hello, We received the model just in time last week, and it was a big hit at the event we were presenting at! We had a lot of very positive comments, including from the museum curator. Thanks much for making it possible! -- Eric S.  Director, Knights of Veritas"           

"My darling (and I do mean that seriously ) wife loves the models once she sees them, but she is much more practical than I am, at least in the short term, so she doesn't buy for the future...if there is no space for something now, she says "why buy it."

I, however, am much more future oriented, and very aware of the fact that items of high quality but limited appeal to the general public may not be available in the future....books that aren't on the best seller list, classical music recordings, etc. There is always a niche market for high quality items, but it frequently becomes very expensive. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where it is nearly impossible to go broke making mediocre movies or producing annoying and cloned rap music, but quality, if not priced "competitively", frequently becomes extinct, in the mass market sense...try finding a a good quality toaster or other small appliance at any price.

I fully plan on unveiling all of the acquisitions when we have more space, I hope, in a few years, assuming I don't prematurely expire ( I am 63, but in much better shape than most my age... I should know, I'm a physician ). However, no one's future is assured.

Interestingly enough, my wife inquired today as to whether a friend of hers could bring her grandchildren over to see my ship models, as they seem to have a fascination for sailing ships ( probably watched Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean too many times), so I would say that's a positive sign.

Anyway, as usual, I have probably communicated more than you wish to hear.
Keep the colors flying and thanks to all your artisans for their greatly appreciated efforts. Scott B."

"There are so many ships for sale out there that come from the far east whose construction methods and quality are very evident to the discerning eyes of the consumer. Your ships are by far some of the best out there. Thanks very much Frank for your time. Best regards, Steve H."