Rachel Vaughn Ship Models August 26th, 2017 - 11:24:14
Based on these models, the properties, equipment and uses of ships were discussed between customers and shipyards. At the same time they served as scale model during construction. Many English and French shipyard models of that period still exist and are displayed in museums. From that time there seems to be a growing popularity of ship models as a decorative object of art. Today ship modelling is a widespread hobby, facilitated by easily accessible literature on the development of naval technology and on the history of many famous vessels. Many enthusiasts who either want to buy a model ship or build one themselves, will look for help and other offers on the Internet. High in desire by modellers are photos that show a particular ship model in many pictures and perspectives.
Some readers of this article may find it too provocative but it needs to be said. After spending 30 years building ship models, and twelve years selling radio controlled and wooden ship models to the hobby enthusiast, I find there are some frustrations that never go away in the ship model building industry. Lets face it; the business of ship model building, operates as a niche industry. Nonetheless, radio controlled and wooden ship models are, to the hobby enthusiast, a very important past time. Rich in history, technical challenges, and a form of art and legacy; ship modeling is a very rewarding hobby.
The fair winds blow strong across the steely blue waters of the open ocean. With such a favorable wind, the water makes for smooth sailing. On the ocean, a large gray ship is trawling ever closer. The ship itself moves quite quickly and with great velocity. The impressive bulk of the ship is what people first notice. The ship has a large central tower and a wide deck. The vessels tallest spire is extreme in both height and thinness. These ships in particular are built to remain in use on the ocean for great lengths of time. Having little to show in the way of damage on this ship, the wear of constant sea journeys is extreme, and it takes its toll on most other vessels.
That the bell rope was not attached directly to the bell clapper suggests that, in those early days, the ships bell was not used to mark the passage of the hours and half-hours. Long ago, time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. The sand glass on the deck was usually next to a bell (ships strike), and the ships boy (called a Grommet) was responsible for turning the glass over, and ringing the ships bell at the same time, so that the helmsman could make sure he turned his glass at exactly the same. The ships bell had many uses; to indicate the time aboard the ship and hence to regulate the sailors duty watches; for safety in foggy conditions; signaling; used in gunnery control; the Dutch Navy of the 17th century rang the bell as an order to open fire; as boat gongs indicating officers and dignitaries boarding or leaving the ship and one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ships bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings (the name of the baptized child would usually be engraved on the bell).