Monday, March 31, 2014

Decorating With Historic Model Ships

 San Felipe Tall Ship
San Felipe Tall Ship
    The San Felipe was one of the most beautiful Spanish ships in the 1600s. Launched in 1690, it had 96 cannons and was the the lead ship of the feared Spanish Armada. It was powerful enough to go up against the most formidable ships in the French and British navies. In 1705, the San Felipe and 11 other Spanish ships waged a a furious and heroic battle against 35 British ships. After 24 hours of fighting, the San Felipe was captured, but was so badly damaged that it could not be salvaged as a prize. It sank with several tons of gold.

Katy Of Norfolk Pilot Boat

Katy Of Norfolk Pilot Boat Over time scale models made by shipyards, architects and early factories during the industrial revolution acted as sales tools or as a 3-dimensional application to register a patent. Samuel Pepys, Lord of the British Admiralty in the 18th C. was one of the first who created a collection of models, now in the National Maritime Museum. AM has made models presented as gifts to foreign Heads of State and dignitaries by the Netherlands Government. The Katy of Norfolk sits graceful as a white-winged swan; guiding ships to safety.