Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort

1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News, Virginia, 23602, United States
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Models, Paintings and John Paul Jones

by grandmaR

The "jewels" of the collection, spotlighted in a darkened room so that they appear suspended, are the sixteen miniatures ships crafted by August F. Crabtree. These exquisite models represent the labor of a lifetime---each is a work of art. In this photo, you can see the angled mirrors under the boat to allow you to see the details of the bottom.

The models reveal the artistry inherent in the construction of ships such as Queen Hatsheput's Egyptian fleet, circa 1480 B.C., or a Roman merchant ship, circa 50 A.D.

The models are also extremely difficult to take a photo of - due both to the low lighting and the difficulty with reflections off the glass should a flash be used.

Some of the models have historical significance, including the Mora on which William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 and Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria and Pinta. An 1810 American brig is noted for its elaborate rigging.

Some are so intricately carved you’ll need to use the magnifying glass attached to the display case to see the details. I know I attempted to take a photo through a magnifying glass, and I think this is the one I took - although I can't see any sign of that on the photo.

The hull on this 1687 English 50-gun ship is carved with 270 human, animal, and mythological figures.

August Crabtree was born into an Oregon shipbuilding family in 1905. He worked for a time in a shipyard in Vancouver, but enjoyed carving models more than building full-size ships. When Crabtree worked in Hollywood, he created the model of Lord Nelson's ship in the movie, That Hamilton Woman.

The Mariners’ Museum purchased Crabtree's models in 1956. His work is exact in every detail. To outfit the tiny prehistoric men on the raft and dugout canoe Crabtree trapped a mouse for its fur.

The last of Crabtree's models was the first of Cunard's red-and-black funneled passenger steamers, the Britannia. One of the early passengers was Charles Dickens, who complained his cabin was "an utterly impracticable, thoroughly impossible and profoundly preposterous box."

I took this picture which is in the Age of Steam section (outside of the Crabtree room) because the ship had dollar signs ($) or what looked like dollar signs on the funnels.


The Mariner's Museum has an art section. I took this photo of the Boston Navy Yard painted by George Curtis about 1849. There were other paintings - I do not know why I took this particular picture.

The art holdings of the Mariner's Museum is not nearly as extensive as those of the Greenwich Maritime Museum in England, but they have some interesting and representative art.

I took a photo of this outside, and I think it is the wheelhouse of a ship, but I don't really know.


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