Wed 29 Aug 2012
This Museum has a great collection of ship models – hundreds of them. Nothing is better for showing people what ships looked like, when the ships themselves are not around. However, there are many significant vessels which are not represented, and therefore the public has no opportunity to see what the vessel looked like, except through two-dimensional photographs and drawings. Below, in chronological order, is my wish list of models that would be great to have.
1607-1608: pinnace Virginia, built at the Popham Colony – specifically, what she looked like according to the latest research done for Maine’s First Ship. Also, it should be made to the same scale as our current model of this vessel, which was based on 1957 research.
1777: sloop-of-war Ranger, built at Kittery, commanded by Capt. John Paul Jones.
1779: any of the vessels from the Penobscot Expedition or the British fleet which opposed it.
1813: privateer Dash, built at Freeport
1813: both of the brigs USS Enterprize and HMS Boxer
1830ish: any of the early steamers from the Penoscot or Kennebec Rivers or Casco Bay
1841: ship Rappahannock, built at Bath, the largest merchant vessel built up to that time in the U.S.
1851: clipper ship Nightingale, built at Kittery
1852: clipper ship Carrier Pigeon, built at Bath
1853: clipper ship Red Jacket, built at Rockland
1853: clipper ship Flying Scud, built at Damariscotta
1862-1864: either of the gunboats built in Bath for the Civil War, USS Katahdin or USS Iosco
1874: four-mast bark Ocean King, built at Kennebunk
1879: steam bark Mary & Helen, built at Bath, first steam whaler built in the U.S.
1880: four-mast schooner William L. White, first four-mast schooner built on the East Coast
1884: three-mast schooner Bradford C. French, built at Kennebunk, the largest three-mast schooner
1885: steam mackerel seiner Novelty, built at Kennebunkport, the first steam vessel used in the New England offshore fisheries.
1888: five-mast schooner Gov. Ames, built at Waldoboro, the first five-mast schooner built on the East Coast
1892: four-mast bark Roanoke, built at Bath, the largest wooden square-rigger ever used in the U.S.
1892: four-mast jackass bark Olympic, built at Bath, only vessel of this rig to be built.
1893: gunboat USS Machias, first steel vessel to be built in Maine, first hull built by Bath Iron Works.
1894: four-mast bark Dirigo, built at Bath, first steel sailing vessel built in the U.S.
1894: four-mast schooner Charles P. Notman, built at Bath, first vessel built by the shipbuilding partnership of Percy & Small
1898: battleship Maine – not built in Maine, but still interesting.
1898: Naval training ship Chesapeake, built at Bath, last steel full-rigged ship built in the U.S.
1900: six-mast schooner George W. Wells, built at Camden, the first six-mast schooner built on the East Coast
1903: five-mast schooner Kineo, the only steel five-mast schooner built
1905: steam schooner Roosevelt, built at Verona Island for Commander Robert Peary’s arctic explorations.
1919: destroyer USS Buchanan, DD-131, built at Bath, went to the Royal Navy in 1940 and became famous as HMS Campbelton.
1931: diesel yacht Aras, built at Bath Iron Works – perhaps this one should be modeled as she looked when used as the presidential yacht Williamsburg
1942: destroyer O’Bannon, DD-450, built at Bath, significant World War II vessel
1944: destroyer Laffey, DD-724, built at Bath, famous in World War II as “the Ship That Would Not Die.”
1944: destroyer Maddox, DD731, built at Bath, involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incidents that escalated the Vietnam conflict in 1964.
1978: container vessel Maui, built at Bath, largest vessel yet built in Maine
There are some other, less specific desires. We have fewer steamer models in general, and wouldn’t mind having more models of Maine-related steamers. There are lots of service-type vessels that we could use models of – barges, scows, dredges, gundalows, tugs, lighters, etc. There are many fishing vessel types that could be better represented in our collection. There are lots of vessels built at Bath Iron Works, New England Shipbuilding Corporation, or other 20th century Maine yards that would be good to have models of. One of Murray Peterson’s Coaster designs would be great, and other Maine yacht designs, I am sure.
Now, I have left a lot of important vessels off this list, because we do already have models of them. However, if you are interested in making a model for the Museum of a vessel I have not included, just contact me and we can discuss it. If you simply want to suggest an addition to the list, that would be great, too.
If you do want to make one of these models for the Museum, please talk to me about research, scale, and other standards. I would love to chat about it.