Briana Potts Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:31:11
These were supposed to transport the soul of the deceased to the next world. Seafaring aspects were delineated to the modern world by these ritual models. Also, one can see models of vessels, crafted from the twelfth century to the fifteenth century, mounted in various churches. During the occasion, the vessels and the crew members were blessed. In course of time, up to the eighteenth century, shipwrights were apprenticed to vessel-building craft, and the art was handed down from father to son. It is clear that there were no models during the days before actual ship building. Models began to be formally made during eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when celebrated warships were made. Ship modeling had a slow start in the United States; it became more popular only from 1900, onwards.
Until the appearance of the Vikings long boats in Northern Europe (of which several ships have been found and now are displayed in museums in Norway and Denmark) the development of marine technology can be assessed only from sparse old records, frescoes, seals and other visual representations. Contemporary ship models survived only from the period after the discovery of America by Columbus. Many of them were votive ships in churches, which had been donated as expression of gratitude for successful travel or rescue from disaster. In the 17th century shipyards began to make accurate models before starting the actual construction of ships (the so-called Admiralty models when built for the English navy).
Sailing ship models are models of wind-powered ships. In olden times, before the advent of the steam engines, sailing ships were the primary means of transportation across long distances of water. Sailing ships were used for ferrying passengers, cargo, mail, supplies, etc. Some of the developing countries still use sailing boats for fishing. There are many tall ship training vessels that provide recreational sailing experience. In the age of sail yore, sailing ships had crucial military applications. Several wars were fought using sailing ships. For example, Spanish convoys returning with gold and silver plundered from the newly-discovered Americas needed protection from the pirates. Naval battles were fought among the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the Netherlands with the help of sailing ships.
In the 1700s engineers started to develop and experiment with steam powered boats. By the 1800s the model paddle wheel steam boats were invented. By 1853, the propeller powered steam boat model was invented proving to be more efficient then the paddle wheel model. This dawned a new era of ship building; steel ships that replaced the traditional wooden model. Some of the most fascinating ships that are still in operation today were when the passenger cruise ships came on the seen. This RMS Titanic cruise ship was built in March 1909. In May 1911, this new steel model ship was launched, which was a heavily publicized spectacle. Unfortunately, at 11:40 pm on the 14th April 1912, the greatest maritime disaster in history began. Other models include the Normandie, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.