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.