Ship Model Journal

The Skipjack Hull is Complete! (The Hull Model, That Is)

2015-11-11T08:00:31-05:00November 11th, 2015|

Volunteer Ralph Koebke (right) and his hull model of the Florida skipjack in front of the full size replica currently under contruction at the lighthouse Heritage Boatworks program. Volunteer boat builder Richard Sexauer (left) can be seen working on the full size replica most mornings at the lighthouse. A model hull of the Florida skipjack is now complete, built over the past several months by volunteer boat builder Ralph Koebke. Ralph brought his model [...]

Ship Builder’s Legacy Lives On Through Lighthouse Volunteers

2015-04-14T09:52:35-04:00April 14th, 2015|

Volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum completed a ship model of the HMS Victory that was started by Jim McNally and donated to the museum by his wife, Katie, after his passing.  ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. – It all began in 2012, with a generous donation and a public plea in The St. Augustine Record. What happened next tied together the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, a group of passionate volunteers and the legacy [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Volunteer Receives State Award

2015-01-15T10:52:00-05:00January 15th, 2015|

Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman presented Sue Callaham with the Champions of Service award, recognizing her for donating over 2,000 hours to the museum’s educational and historical programs. TALLAHASSEE, FL. – Amid thunderous applause, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman honored six Floridians with the Champions of Service award at a state cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, Jan. 13th. Among the recipients of Florida’s only statewide recognition program [...]

A Thank You to the Museum Visitors!

2014-04-15T15:19:51-04:00April 15th, 2014|

Every year more and more people travel to far away places to see new sights, taste different foods, and learn more about the world around them. Visitors make the trek to St. Augustine, Florida year-round and while there, visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. When they make their way to the Gallery in the upstairs of the Keepers’ House, our team of ship-modelers enjoys the opportunity to talk with them. For the help we [...]

A Special Link to Model Photos

2013-12-22T14:13:12-05:00December 22nd, 2013|

HMS Victory – the ship’s wheel. The people who have visited with the ship modelers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum have been a widely varied group. They seem to have had one thing in common, however. After having spoken with our group of modelers, most have expressed an interested in following our progress on the current model we are working on, HMS Victory. […]

The Days of Yore, Ponce de Leon & Ship Models

2013-12-22T13:13:36-05:00December 22nd, 2013|

The San Cristobal, a Spanish bergantin, was one of the ships of the Ponce de Leon Expedition to Florida in 1513. In early 2013, St. Augustine celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s legendary expedition to Florida’s coast. Three ships, the Santiago, the San Cristobal and the Santa Maria de la Consolacion, set out from Puerto Rico on March 4, 1513. The fleet crossed open water until April 2, 1513, when they sighted land [...]

Shipmodeling – A New Hobby or An Ancient Tradition?

2013-11-19T19:23:12-05:00November 19th, 2013|

An ancient clay model of a Greek warship. Ship modeling is most definitely not a “new” hobby by any means! In fact, its history goes much further back than most people actually realize. Ship and boat models have been discovered in the Mediterranean dating from ancient Egypt, Greece and Phoenicia. Models are a thing of beauty but also of tremendous historic value to also help archaeologists in estimating size of various sea vessels used in [...]

The Story of the Ship Behind the Model

2013-11-08T05:27:15-05:00November 8th, 2013|

HMS Victory at Portsmouth Dockyard in England HMS Victory remains as majestic today as she was on launch day, May 7th, 1765. This ship and her mother country will celebrate the ship’s 250th birthday in 2015. The Eighteenth Century: Still Alive in England … […]

Yachts, Ship Models and a Love Story

2013-11-08T04:24:25-05:00November 8th, 2013|

Doug Anderson and the Victory Today’s blog begins by going backwards in time a bit. I would like to share a kind of “Love Story”, one which eventually brought the model HMS Victory to the Lighthouse. As time and this blog go on, we will talk about the little-known Rebecca and other models as well, posting photos as each of the ships progress. […]

And so we begin …. The Journey of a Lifetime!

2013-11-06T13:18:44-05:00November 6th, 2013|

This is one of the models you will find on your visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Welcome! We hope you will enjoy this new blog, the Ship Model Journal, provided by the modelers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum! Unknown to many visitors, the Museum houses an incredible collection of ship models. They are on display throughout the museum, in the gift ship and the Keepers’ House. Some are quite large [...]