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Ship's Cove

Marvel at the details of miniature ship models.

Ship's Cove showcases scale models of several historical and recent sailing ships.

On occasion, volunteers at the exhibit demonstrate the art of model boat building.

While our fascination with exploring the sea is as old as the human race, model ship building, the "hobby of kings," dates back to 3500 B.C. Beautifully executed model ships were found among the gold and jewels in the tombs of Tutankhamen and other Egyptian kings. In later centuries, model ships were built to scale for kings so they could see first hand what the ships in their fleets would look like.

Model boat craftsmen today seem to be motivated by a desire to preserve the elegant designs of historical vessels for future generations as well as by the enjoyment of building their own scale models.

Ship modeling in North America was in its infancy until the 1940s when the first modeling kits became available. Today, there are hundreds of kits available from many different manufacturers.

It’s a relaxing, challenging and rewarding hobby, and can be profitable. To begin, you’ll need a kit, tools, a workbench and lots of patience!

You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful keepsake and a small piece of maritime history.



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