Those who have been reading this blog for awhile now may remember that about two years ago we received a very exciting donation of materials from Oracle Team USA, the winners of the America’s Cup Regatta. This donation included the J-foil daggerboard, T-foil rudder, bow replacement piece, and various crew gear. I’m happy to say that several of these pieces are now on display in our International Small Craft Center!
The difficult part was getting the pieces, especially the J-foil into their mounts and into Small Craft. As the picture shows, the J-foil is very tall and also heavy, weighing about 750lbs. Thankfully we have a very skilled exhibit team.
One of the important functions of our museum is education. We have many images showing the various programs we used to offer in the past and, thankfully, we’re still going strong on the education front with an amazing Education Department and program offering. I’m not completely sure what’s going on in the above picture from 1983, but the kids sure do look cute in their boats and hats!
This was part of a figurehead program in 1983 where the kids learned how they were made. They they had their outlines drawn on paper to show what they might look like as a figurehead.
We’ve had a number of interesting projects occurring lately, with two of the most exciting involving models. The last couple of months or so, we’ve had our two America’s Cup models (Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand from the 34th America’s Cup Race) put together in a diorama by Charles Landrum. That diorama was finished last week and it looks awesome!
The next and last step is to have a case made for it so the piece can be put out on display. The diorama is meant to illustrate one of the 2013 races between the American and New Zealand boats. If you’re interested in learning more about the 2013 races you can check out my blog here or their official website here. Can any one spot the dolphins and shark?
Recently I was browsing a book about wooden tools when I came across a beautiful sponsor’s box from a ship with an intricately carved mallet inside. I was very impressed! Then Jeanne showed me the sponsor’s box we had in our collection and I was even more impressed. It is so satisfying to see such an awesome object and then realize we have one that’s even better! Hooray for our amazing collection!
This type of box was used to contain the mallet and chisel used to help launch a ship and was then presented to the sponsor of the ship. In the case of our box, which came from HMS Warspite, the sponsor was Ivy Muriel Chamberlain (née Dundas), wife of British politician Sir Austen Chamberlain. Pictures of her can be seen HERE.