February 10, 2013

Miniature ships exhibited in USS Constitution Museum show

From staff reports

BOSTON - If you are headed to Boston over February vacation week, considering adding the USS Constitution Museum to your list of museums worth visiting.

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Model ships on display at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston.

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Members of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild display the finest of their craft in a War of 1812-themed exhibition. Commemorating 200 years of peace between the United States and the United Kingdom, this display is on view through March 23. The museum and exhibition of models are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

More than 50 ships created by modelers from across New England are on display, presenting a variety of reproductions from War of 1812 vessels to modern ships and ships in bottles. Modelers capture the richness of U.S. maritime history in miniature. A panel of guild members judges qualifying entries on scale, detail and artistic excellence to award the top craftsmen in respective categories.

Volunteers from the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild will answer questions and demonstrate the technique, time and skill required to build a mini-masterpiece.

The USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild encourages the art model ships and supports research in nautical history through its workshops, educational activities and exhibitions. It is among the largest ship model associations on the East Coast, with more than 100 members. For information, visit usscmsg.org.

The USS Constitution Museum is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from USS Constitution and on the Freedom Trail.

Visit ussconstitutionmuseum.org.


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