Fun Fact Friday

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Ship Model Shop, January 1937

This month’s fun fact is about our Great Hall of Steam exhibition, which is our gallery that includes many large ship models.  What many may or may not know is that a good number of the models exhibited were built here at the museum.  On July 19, 1932, we opened a ship model shop for the purpose of creating models that could be displayed.

When the work began, they decided to do models of contemporary ships so that the plans from the actual ships could be used.  Most of these ended up being ships that had been built at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.  The first model the shop started working on was that of President Hoover of the Dollar Line, although a model of the tug John Twohy, Jr. was finished first.   Read more

More Returning Pieces

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I am happy to say that since my last report on our stolen archival pieces, several more have returned, with many more to be returned shortly.  I have been scanning my little heart out to get all of these pieces done in good time so we can send the scans back to the people.  I’ve also had to look to our awesome photography department for the pieces that are too large for me to scan.  Without further ado, here are some more returned pieces!!

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