America’s Cup Pieces on Display

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J-foil daggerboard, T-foil rudder, bow replacement piece & Slingsby's jersey on display
J-foil daggerboard, T-foil rudder, bow replacement piece & Slingsby’s jersey on display; photograph courtesy of museum photographer, Brock Switzer

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.   Read more

Way Back Wednesday

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bf50 arrival in Venice #34

In 1999 we sent out our Gondola to Venice, Italy for restoration work.  These two shots show it being transported to the shop where pieces would be fixed and it was repainted.  It is now on display in our International Small Craft Center.

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Visit from the Coast Guard

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TMM; Coast Guard visit to ISCC; 05-26-2015 (1)
Artifacts set out, photo courtesy of Jim Wetherbee

Every year we give a tour to a group from the United States Coast Guard’s International Maritime Officer School; an interesting group who are always so curious and interested in our collection, especially our boats in the International Small Craft Center.  Usually our Chief Curator asks what countries the group is from and then proceeds to point out boats from those countries, but he was not here this year so we did a little something different.

This year we set out a couple tables with artifacts from the countries the group was from, giving them a taste of the scope of our collection.  And don’t let the first image fool you, they swarmed the tables when they first came in, but by the time this was taken they had already dispersed in the Small Craft Center.  Three of the objects made a particular impression on the group.   Read more

Way Back Wednesday

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bf11 11-1998, post restoration (5)

In 1998, we sent our Dutch Tjotter to the Netherlands for restoration work.  This image shows it upon its return.  The boat was built ca 1913 by Van der Werff Brothers in Sneek, Friesland, Netherlands.  It is currently on display in our International Small Craft Center.

This image shows a group of Steiff animals in a Noah’s Ark display in 1970.  We have several Noah’s Ark sets in the collection, from toys to dioramas.   Read more

Raising the Mast

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14-28-01 raising the mast 02 Apr 2015 (1)

For those who follow our blog, you may remember that last year we had a Kenyan dhow added to our collection.  When the piece came to the museum, it was placed in the back of our International Small Craft Center in a temporary position.  Yesterday we spent a good portion of the morning getting it into a better spot for display and raising the mast.

Our staff deserves some major kudos for this as they figured out how to rig it just by looking at photos we had taken when it was in D.C..  Now our visitors can enjoy seeing the dhow in all its glory!   Read more