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.)
This photo gallery is from the museum at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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.
This is also the St George but up close. This ship is most distinguished for it’s nearly complete rigging.
This 1650 model is the oldest in their collection, an English Third Rate 56-Gun ship.
Let’s take you on board this 1650 model. Same ship but closer in.
1693 Model. This isn’t the best picture but I want to walk you around it so I’m starting with the whole ship.
This is how the 1693 model approaches you in the water. (Front View)
Get on board the 1693 Model.
1693 from the back. The rigging is so dense. There she blows.
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.
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. 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)
French prisoners of war crafted this bone model of Admiral Lord Nelson’s legendary flagship Victory from their beef rations.
Let’s walk you around Lord Nelson’s ship.
Let’s get on board the Victory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a ship model as large as a pew hanging from the ceiling of the chapel on campus.
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.
This is the chapel at Memorial Hall where they honor the deceased. Take a look at the battle scenes above.
Check out who’s winning in this Memorial Hall naval battle scene.
Be not without your sword. These are naval and presentation swords for onboard the ship.
Navy Regs, pocket watch, coins. John Adams wrote these regulations in 1775 and published them in 1802.
Epaulet from Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s uniform. Ever wonder what that shoulder decor looks like up close?
Commodore Matthew Perry’s cocked hat. He negotiated a treaty with Japan in 1854 while Luddington was in Siam.
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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