AC72 is here!!

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On January 30th the AC72 finally arrived!  It was met with great excitement by our staff and might now be the most photographed object in the collection since we all had our camera phones out.  The delivery came by way of three trucks, two we unloaded that morning and one that arrived later in the day.

The first piece to be unloaded was the central pod.  It was an incredibly tight fit, but they managed to get it in.  Small doors at a boat museum do not work well.  What followed were the forward and aft crossbeams, one of which was so wide that it had to go through a different door and made it around a corner by a hair.  This thing is huge!  Then came the j-foils and a couple of smaller pieces.   Read more

Almost Ready

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This week we finished clearing all of the artifacts out of the Great Hall of Steam.  The room has been cleaned and painted and is now awaiting the arrival of AC72 from Oracle Team USA, which will be here Monday.  Meanwhile, the gallery has become an excellent place to host staff meetings.  We’ve also begun organizing the gallery where the ship models now live, which should be open in two months or (hopefully) less.  More updates to come!

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

Recent Projects

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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?   Read more

USA! USA! USA!

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This week we received a very exciting donation from Oracle TeamUSA!  It includes a J-foil daggerboard, T-foil rudder, replacement bow sections, and crew gear from winning AC27.  Getting the crate open to unveil the pieces was quite a task and took over two hours, but was well worth it.

For those who aren’t familiar with America’s Cup, it dates back to 1851 and the schooner America, who beat the British in a race around Isle of Wight and gave its name to the race.  More history on the America’s Cup can be found on the official website.  Last year’s race was quite a nail biter and a huge victory for the Americans.  The final races were between Oracle Team USA, the defenders of the cup, and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.   Read more