Archive | April, 2015

Taking Feedback from Professional Agents

Organizers of the Books Alive Conference in Bethesda, Maryland yesterday invited to me to pitch my book to professional agents and receive feedback in front of a live audience.  I gave it memorized. A panelist, author and conference attendee, Monica Bhide snapped a picture of me taking feedback. (I’m in purple standing back from the podium while the agent to my right is speaking.)

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Model Ships

This photo gallery is from the museum at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

St George Whole

The St George is a model built in 1701. These model ships were built along side the actual ship to provide a portable version for strategy and planning purposes. This is an English Second Rate 90-Gun Ship.

St George Rigging


This is also the St George but up close. This ship is most distinguished for it’s nearly complete rigging.

1650 Model


This 1650 model is the oldest in their collection, an English Third Rate 56-Gun ship.

1650 Model-On Board

Let’s take you on board this 1650 model. Same ship but closer in.

1693 Model

1693 Model. This isn’t the best picture but I want to walk you around it so I’m starting with the whole ship.

1693 Model-Front View

This is how the 1693 model approaches you in the water. (Front View)

1693 Model-On Board

Get on board the 1693 Model.

1693 Model-Back View

1693 from the back. The rigging is so dense. There she blows.


Grafton Model guns

The Grafton is modeled after a ship that participated in seven major battles between the 1690s and early 1700s. It captured three French warships in 1707.

Grafton Rigging-Reefing

From the Grafton model again. I liked this image because I am writing about Elam Luddington reefing the sails and this helps me imagine the climb up the shroud (the lattice ropes) and then the walk across the yardarm (the arm parallel to the sea) to take in the sail. Very dangerous on a moving rocking ship.

1720 Model-Officers' Quarters

1720 Model. Imagine the real ship this is modeled from. Can you imagine the size of those officers’ quarters towering at the edge of the ship? (Unidentified British Second Rate 90-Gun Ship)

Lord Nelson's Bone Model

French prisoners of war crafted this bone model of Admiral Lord Nelson’s legendary flagship Victory from their beef rations.

Lord Nelson's Angular View

Let’s walk you around Lord Nelson’s ship.

Lord Nelson-On Board

Let’s get on board the Victory.

Sovereign of Seas Model

Let’s end with a sheeted model. This is not a dockyard model like the old models above where the model is built at the docks along with the original. This was built between 1918-1920 by Mr Henry Culver and Mr Paul Chalfin. They were replicating the Sovereign of the Seas, an English First Rate 100-Gun ship from 1637. It was the first three-decker 100-gun ship ever built.

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United States Naval Academy

I toured the US Naval Academy to learn about seamanship, sailing, and ships.  Their ship models are the best in the world. Here are some highlights:


The seamen’s slogan.

Diving Board

To graduate from the Naval Academy you have to be able to jump off this 3 story platform in full uniform and swim several laps within a prescribed amount of time. They tell the midshipmen not to look down when they jump. If they do, the splash is a lot harder.

USS Antietam 1876 w door

This is the USS Antietam 1876 war ship model on a platform above the doorway of a large wing where students used to learn ships by studying models.

Naval Church

This is a ship model as large as a pew hanging from the ceiling of the chapel on campus.

John Paul Jones' Ship

This ship, the Bonhomme Richard, became famous when the American captain, John Paul Jones, made a quick decision to board his men onto the nearby English ship, the Separis, before it sank. Here is the model of of what the Bonhomme Richard looked like.

Memorial Hall-Don't Give Ship

This is the chapel at Memorial Hall where they honor the deceased. Take a look at the battle scenes above.

Memorial Hall Naval Scene

Check out who’s winning in this Memorial Hall naval battle scene.

Presentation Swords

Be not without your sword. These are naval and presentation swords for onboard the ship.

Navy Regs

Navy Regs, pocket watch, coins. John Adams wrote these regulations in 1775 and published them in 1802.

Epaulet Oliver Perry

Epaulet from Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s uniform. Ever wonder what that shoulder decor looks like up close?

Comm Matt Perry's cocked hat

Commodore Matthew Perry’s cocked hat. He negotiated a treaty with Japan in 1854 while Luddington was in Siam.

Steam Engine

Here’s a model of a steam engine. Notice the copper pulleys. They push up and down allowing the wheel to turn.

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