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Lighthouse Seeks Volunteer Ship Model Builders

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts

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From the article in the St. Augustine Record:

When Katie McNally, from Ontario, N.Y., donated nine model boats to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in the autumn of 2011, one was held back. It wasn’t finished. It was the hull of the model of the British Ship HMS Victory, and it was being completed by her husband James G. (Jim) McNally, Jr. when he passed on in 2005.

The model ended up in the hands of the family friend, Doug Anderson, of Marsh Creek, who gave much of his time, driving and arranging the prior model ship donations to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, St. Augustine’s only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.

The museum is looking for a volunteer modeler or modelers to take the unfinished hull in Anderson’s possession and complete it during the museum’s public hours. The volunteer or volunteers will be requested to work on the model and, at the same time, talk to the public about model building, why it is important to museums, and how it helps inform those who study ships and Atlantic Navigation. “There is much more to the art and craft of model building” than you can imagine, said museum curator Kathleen McCormick. The modelers can select from a variety of upcoming dates during the Sea Your History Weekends program funded by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

We have already had a few calls from model shipwrights interested in volunteering. In addition to the model of HMS Victory, we also have an unfinished model of the Civil War privateer Jefferson Davis that is in need of completion. If you have these skills and are interested in donating your time to these projects, please contact us at 904-829-0745, or email Dr. Sam Turner at sturner@staugustinelighthouse.org.

Read the entire article here.

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