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  • Privateering and the Battle of Groton Heights

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military Conflict

    During the American Revolution the Americans had a fledgling Navy, made up of the small fleets that each state could muster together. These ships were not able to match the well-trained, battle-hardened British Navy, so the Americans turned to privateers to help in the fight.

  • A Look at the Unknown and Hope for the Future: The Artwork of Shipyard and Museum Staff Artist Thomas C. Skinner

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Shipbuilding

    Thomas Catlett Skinner’s office was a loft overlooking the dry dock at the Newport News shipyard. Frequently he would gather his tools and wander through the yard, stopping to observe and document the many scenes unfolding before him. 

  • Art Reproductions Can Add Color To Your Home

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography

    When choosing an art reproduction, the choice of subject matter and color can determine the visual impression and mood your room will provide. Let’s see how some living spaces look when the color of the chosen art is an essential factor.

  • Rum, Buggery and the Lash

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military

    For Pride Month, I wanted to think about the countless hundreds of unnamed gay and lesbian sailors who lived and worked on board Navy ships in the days before our rights were broadly recognized and respected. I owe them so much as an out and proud American citizen!

  • Come One, Come All and Witness The Amazing Tattooed Boy!

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography
  • The Death of an Attribution

    • Art
    • Collections

    What’s an attribution, you ask? It’s the act of ascribing an artwork to a particular artist (if the painting isn’t signed) or as a depiction of a particular event (if it isn’t specifically identified by the artist). To attribute a painting to an artist one must be very knowledgeable about the artist’s oeuvre. To make an attribution to an event one must be a VERY careful and detail-oriented researcher.

  • Amazing Women for International Women’s Day!

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography
    • Women's History

    Today is International Women’s Day! Recently, I learned the stories of a few amazing women in maritime history and I thought today would be a perfect day to introduce them to you.

  • From Camels to Cobangs

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Exploration
    • Photography

    In the catalog I noticed a Japanese pillar clock, called a shaku dokei, up for auction. While updating the value I noticed a name on the clock’s storage box—’C. E. Thorburn, USN’. Whenever I run across a name, especially one this unique, I immediately try to see if I can uncover the history of the original owner.

  • A New Addition to the Library’s Collection!

    • Art
    • Collections

    There is a good bit of history in the Beazley Collection, with some of the items dating to the early 20th century. Among the objects in this collection are a set of items I think worth mentioning particularly: menus.

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