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Nell Jarvis Ship Models January 26th, 2018 - 11:06:00
On the very edge where the horizon meets the sky, a storm is slowly forming, turning the waters of the ocean a dark gray. Dark clouds threaten to erupt with great deluges of rain. In a desperate bid to outmaneuver the storm, a single ship sails ever faster. Unlike other ships, the flag of this vessel is a pitch black color. With a bright white hue, the jolly roger is emblemized on the flag itself with a large, toothy smile. This flag confirms that the small ship is in fact a pirate ship. Carrying huge amounts of cargo, while still maintaining optimal speed, is not a problem for these ships. In many ways, the pirate ship represents the adventure one can have on the high seas as well as the danger and the intrigue that is ever-present.
\"A ship sailing is the most beautiful thing that man has made.\" Anyone who has ever seen a tall ship cutting the waves will agree. As impressive as the sight of such a ship at sea can be, many people are fascinated by historic ship models, too. Since ancient times ships have not only been used for transport, but were also a means of demonstration of power and domination. Even the Egyptian pharaohs designed their vessels very beautifully. Fine ship models of that time were found as burial objects in pharaos graves in pyramids. They are displayed today in museums like the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. In the Mediterranean ships at that time were use by all peoples to travel, transport and warfare.
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).
This is because many of these models are often older than others. Pirates and their ships hold a great sway in history, and as such modelers reproduced these boats over the course of many centuries. This act has filled the market with a variety of these models. The age of a model increases its rustic appeal and monetary value. Recently discovered old models with an age of half a century or more rarely appear on the market, and as such are bought as quickly as possible by enthusiasts. More than anything else, the ships are prized for their old world charm and rich back story. George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- nautical decor, wooden pirate ship models, historical artifacts, ship models etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of model ships, and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical decorating and model boat building markets.