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Types Of Nautical Keychains

September 29th, 2010

Nautical Key Ring

The tradition of collecting nautical items has been around for ages. There are many different kinds of nautical items that one can purchase in today’s market. For instance, the nautical key chain has become a nautical item that many people choose to seek out due to their low cost and their practicability.

There are several different types of nautical key chains that buyers can purchase. These different types of key chains can come in many different forms, such as brass, plastic, and even chrome. The length of the chain can also vary from short to long, depending on how you want it. Furthermore, you could even have your nautical key chain personalized to add extra sentimental value to your item. This article will examine a few different kinds of nautical key chains that can be found at nautical shops on and offline.

The kinds of nautical key chains are relatively inexpensive, usually ranging from about three to five dollars at the most. Nautical key chains make great stocking stuffers and other gifts for people in the work place and at home.

Depending on the type of nautical fan that you are, you will find several different kinds of nautical key chains that reflect your interest. For those that are lovers of yachts, there are key chains that are in the form of yachts.

Sea life nautical lovers will take interest in key chains such as the dolphin key chain. As the name suggests, this key chain features a dolphin on as the symbol, and usually comes in brass.

Other types of nautical key chains such as the pulley and anchor key chains are great for those with a general interest in maritime affairs. These key chains are excellent additions to the collection of established nautical collectors that can be taken anywhere in order to show their nautical enthusiasm.

More practical nautical key rings include the compass key chain, hour glass key chain, and bosun whistle key chain. The compass key chain is an amazing nautical item that features a compass design with all of the bells and whistles of the real deal. This key chain is perfect for the nautical navigating type. The hour glass key chain is a real working hourglass with white sand inside of it. This allows this key chain type to be used as a timer for small notations in time. This is a very useful key chain when running drills that require precise timing. The bosun whistle is an ancient instrument of nautical culture, and with the bosun key chain you can have a piece of nautical history with you wherever you go. This key chain is a functioning whistle that is great for using in situations of crowd control or to get the attention of your stubborn teenage son who keeps his head phones on all of the time!

These are just a few of the types of nautical key chains that you can find. There are many more types of nautical key chains available as well as the ones mentioned.

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Types Of Diver Helmets

September 27th, 2010

Diver Helmet With Antique Finish

The diver’s helmet is a profound invention that shaped the way that we travel the ocean bottom. It was an exceptional invention that changed the face of the world, or the feet of the world if you like a more correct personification. It is no wonder that the diver’s helmet stands as a major symbol in the nautical world by many. In fact, nautical collectors can find many different types of diver’s helmets that they can use to liven up their nautical collections. Ranging from desk top items such as pen holders to exquisite helmets made from brass, copper and even chrome. The diver’s helmet makes for a very distinguished nautical item that should not be overlooked.

The brass diver’s helmet pen holder is composed of solid brass. It is a strong, quality brass structure that will hold your pens in style. The elegance of the brass diver’s helmet pen holder is complimented by the featuring of a working quartz clock. It is made to be a replica of an actual diver’s helmet, but in smaller scale. The pen holder features a solid brass finish as well, sitting atop a fine hardwood base. The hardwood is quality made and is polished to a great extent. Furthermore, green felt lines the pen holder’s bottom, giving the brass diver’s helmet pen holder a secure way to sit atop any surface.

Another type of diver’s helmet for nautical collectors is the solid iron diver’s helmet clock. This item is a brilliant piece of nautical decor that, like the pen holder, features a fully functioning quartz clock. True to life, this mock diver’s helmet is made to be a miniature of the real deal. It looks and feels just like a diver’s helmet should. The iron diver’s helmet rests on a solid, polished wood base. Nothing less could be expected of such a great diver’s helmet replica. Green felt also adorns its bottom to make sure it adheres to tough surfaces while taking minimal damage.

Perhaps one of the most sought after nautical replicas of a diver’s helmet is the Mark V Copper Helmet. This type of diver’s gear boasts 18 inches tall, making it look just like the real deal. Complete with iron and brass detailing to add to the genuine appearance. This particular nautical item is a miniature replica of an original U.S. Navy Mark V diver’s helmet. The solid and deeply polished brass fits in perfectly with the quality of this authentic replica.

The chrome diver’s helmet is a variation of the brass Mark V mentioned above. It’s chrome look is deeply satisfying and very showy, making it perfect to add to your nautical collection. This particular diver’s helmet stands at 17 inches tall, a bit shorter than the last, but it matches every last bit of quality. These authentic reiterations of the revolutionary diver’s helmet can be purchased for $499.

These are just a few of the many types of diver’s helmets that you can find, there are many more and you will be pleased with your search!

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Types Of Portholes

September 24th, 2010

Brass Porthole Mirror

The porthole is a significant part of a ship’s design. The porthole, also known as the side scuttle, is used to bring light and air into the lower parts of a ship’s deck. The porthole is secured water tight so as not to jeopardize the well being of the ship’s hull. The porthole also commonly features a storm cover that can cease light from entering and exiting the ship. This is sometimes necessary in situations where a ship must make a stealthy approach. Furthermore, this also helps to shield any goods below quarters that could be affected by direct light. The porthole is a staple of the nautical culture, and many nautical enthusiasts have different types of portholes for decoration throughout their home. There are several different nautical decor types of portholes to this end.

For starters, there are porthole clocks that can be made out of solid brass for authentic looks. These porthole clocks are great for adding to the atmosphere of a nautical themed room or sea food restaurant. The solid brass finish is polished to a mirror like shine that must be kept up with to produce the same quality time and time again. However, the outcome is far worth it. These types of porthole items typically have hinges that allow the glass portion to open just like a real porthole. This reveals the clock which is adorned by roman numerals in fifteen minute intervals. There are also many other types of portholes that are just like this.

The porthole mirror is a great addition to a nautical room, especially for those seeking the look of a real live ship’s hull. This is because the mirror gives the illusion of being a real window. You will be able to find many porthole mirrors that range from colors like brown, green, red, and many more.

One of the more authentic porthole replicas is the nine inch porthole mirror. Loosening the lower wing nuts allows for the porthole to open up just as a real porthole would. It is made from polished brass and is even lacquered. This gives this particular porthole mirror a level of elegance few porthole mirrors can achieve. The quality is so high you would be hard pressed to tell it from the real deal. Its three pre-drilled holes allow for ease of wall placement, and it comes with three screws that hold the mirror in place. With hardly any effort at all, you could easily swap out the three screws to remove the mirror and replace it with regular glass to look even more like a porthole.

The porthole is a wonderful addition to the sides of a ship, and with these different types of porthole nautical items, they are even excellent additions to a nautical themed room. There are many different types of porthole items, some of which are inexpensive, while others of more quality like the aforementioned come at a higher cost.

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Types Of Ship Bells

September 22nd, 2010

Ship's Bells

There are several different types of ship’s bells. Throughout history the ship’s bell has been used for a multitude of tasks, ranging from timekeeping, religious ceremonies, and alarms. The ship’s bell has even become a prized possession of many model ship collectors. These model ship bells can come in many different types, such as chrome or brass. The ship’s bell is a significant part of nautical culture, and remains a symbol of tradition to this day.

In the days prior to the invention of the chronometer, it was necessary for the crew aboard a ship to keep accurate time somehow. This was first done by using a half-hour glass. The person in charge of keeping track of the drops of sand would strike a bell every time he turned over the glass to signal the start of the next half-hour. Once a full hour was completed, he would strike the bell two times. Every hour after that would see an additional two bell strikes added on to it. The process would go like this until the end of the watchman’s four hour shift, after which the process would begin anew. These types of ship’s bells are even in use today for the United States Navy’s daily routine.

Among the types of ship’s bells is the religious ceremonial ship’s bell. This began in the British Royal Navy as a customary practice of baptizing their children underneath of the ship’s bell. Commonly, the ship’s bell would also be used as a christening bowl for the ceremonial proceedings. After completion of the baptism, the child’s name was typically written on the inside of the ship’s bell. This is a significant religious ceremonial practice held by the Royal Navy at the time. The bell would continue to remain in use by the ship until it was decommissioned, at which time the religious bell would be stored with the Department of the Navy. Ship bells have an even more religious background, as sometimes these types of ship bells would be loaned to churches. However, in modern times these bells are stored with municipalities or museums instead.

The long tradition of the ship bell’s use is what is attractive to many model ship consumers. Fans of nautical history must have the ship’s bell to decorate their nautical room, lest it run the risk of not feeling authentic. Model ship bells come in many types as well. For instance, there are brass anchor bells, brass hand bells, bracket bells, aluminum ship’s bells, chrome bells, and many many more.

The ship’s bell is indeed a significant part of both the British and American Navies history. These types of ship bells still play important roles in our Navies today. It is not likely that we will see the tradition of the ship’s bell become discontinued any time soon.

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Types Of Whip Wheels

September 20th, 2010

Ship Wheel Types

The ship’s wheel is a great innovation that replaced the whip staff that dominated ships for many decades. The invention of the ship wheel had a rocky start, but it was still better than the whip staff. Nowadays it is impossible for one to picture a ship without the ship wheel. Also, the ship wheel is a common symbol of the nautical culture, and with good reason. It is no wonder that there exists a lot of model ship’s wheels for the nautical collector. There are many different kinds of ship’s wheels that can be used for nautical enthusiasts collection needs, and this article will examine a few.

The wooden ship wheel is made from the highest quality of woods – shisham. Shisham is a wood that is similar in appearance and quality to teak. This makes it able to weather the toughest of conditions, and ensures a long life for your wooden ship wheel. Featuring six spokes, this fifteen inch ship wheel is manufactured by plugged screw heads, and features a solid brass center. It weighs a light five pounds and makes a great addition to that empty space on your wall.

A smaller, but equality quality iteration of the ship wheel is the wooden ship wheel clock. This type of ship wheel is practical, and makes an excellent clock that exudes a nautical sense of style. This can go anywhere in your home an manage to fit in with the decor, not just in your nautical themed room. Just as the one before it, the wooden ship wheel clock is made from the hardwood shisham. The center of the ship wheel is solid brass which surrounds a working clock which is five inches in diameter. This is a great gift for the nautical lover in your life, or for anyone in general.

There are many different types of ship’s wheels in addition to the ones mentioned here. The ship wheel is a great innovation that went through a few phases to reach the modern day ones that you see now. However, in the beginning the ship’s wheel was a bit different. For instance, originally ship’s wheels were very problematic and even led to many fatal accidents. The earliest ship wheels sat behind the mizzen mast and tended to get in the way of the helmsman’s line of sight. Not a good indication of a quality design. Also, when under brutal conditions, the ships wheel could be operated by two men, but they didn’t have enough room to maneuver properly. Not until several years later were two wheels included to allow for even more men to help steer should the need arise.

What’s more, the early types of ship wheels were plagued by unequal ends of the tiller rope. This made it so when the rope were hauled to one side, the center line of the ship would become distorted. This problem was attempted to be remedied with objects to hold it in place, but nothing was effective. The rope would become either too tight or too slack. These early wheels caused many fatalities and accidents. It wasn’t until Pollard came about with a new innovation that changed the way the ship wheel functioned.

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