Friday, November 2, 2012

The CHARLES W. MORGAN in Miniature....

One of the newest additions to the Collections at Mystic Seaport is an extraordinary model of the CHARLES W. MORGAN. This gift from a long-time friend of the Museum was built by master model-maker Lloyd McCaffery. Mr. McCaffery’s work in miniature is known worldwide for the incredible detail that he displays in all his work. Not only are his models built entirely from scratch, the tools that he uses to do his carving of figureheads, trail boards and other decorative pieces are custom made by him also. For example, his tiny scalpels are made using small wedges of razor blades.

This model of the MORGAN contains a number of figures in miniature that bring the model to life. Not visible in these pictures is the cutaway section of the interior. What is visible is the scale as compared to the quarter in the foreground. Look for this model on display sometime next year as the real CHARLES W. MORGAN makes its way back into the water following her complete restoration.

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